LISTEN TO THE RAINBOW NATION CHILDREN Child Welfare South Africa calls upon the Government, the University leadership and the South African Police to show great restraint and leadership at this time as our rainbow nation children exercise their rights as enshrined in our Constitution to express their voice and be heard. This is not about race or about politics but about the right to freedom of expression and the right to education as enshrined in our constitution. The Constitution Section 29 enshrines the right to education, and defines the positive responsibilities of the state in this respect. The Section states “Everyone has the right to a basic education, including adult basic education; and to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.” The right to education is amongst others recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Section 29 expands on this provision in detail with regard to language, and the right to establishment self-funded of private schools. Section 16 contains detailed provisions with regard to freedom of expression, stating “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of the press and other media; freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; freedom of artistic creativity; and academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.” The students are our rainbow nation children and we and the founding father of our democracy have granted them the right to express their view with regard to their education. Remember that these students are an elite few who have had been granted the privilege of attending University through their parents or Bursaries or funding but behind them is a forgotten mass of young people who, because of the standard of education they received, will never experience this privilege. We do not condone violence on both sides but by and large these rainbow nation children have committed to a . . .
PA TO NED OF CHILD WELFARE SA ATTACKED AND ROBBED Is there truly anything to celebrate in women’s month when violence against women continues unabated? Ms Phindi Shosa, PA to the National Executive Director of Child Welfare SA was attacked, assaulted and robbed on Friday evening by three young men. Her crime? A woman walking home from work on a Friday evening. CWSA will not allow Ms Shosa to simply become another statistic in the data base on Violence against Women and Children in South Africa. It is time that Civil Society and government moved from data assessment to the vigorous implementation of the National Action Plan on Violence against Women and Children. In order to do this Civil Society Organisations must mobilise civil society to join hands in partnership with Government to stop talking the talk and start walking the talk on putting an end to violence against women and children. Government cannot make a difference on their own but in partnership with civil society we can stop violence against women and children. In July 2014 UNICEF South Africa and the South African Department of Social Development launched the End Violence Against Children Campaign in order to provide traction for the country as a whole to challenge and end acts of violence against children. The NED and President of Child Welfare SA, as the largest non-government organisation committed to the protection of children, commit their organisation to join hands and partner with Government in implementing the National Action Plan to fight Violence Against Women And Children. As Women’s Month comes to a close we, as CWSA, call upon Government to prioritise the work of the Inter Ministerial Committee on Violence Against Women and Children established in 2012 by the leadership of the South African Government as an expression of its commitment to tackle this national issue by elevating it to Cabinet level. We ask that its deliberations be placed under the leadership of Deputy President . . .
The amendment to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Act has the effect to decriminalise consensual sex between 12 to 16 year old children whilst retaining the legal age of consent to sex at 16 years old. Children as young as 12 years old do not have the emotional ability to make a considered and informed decision regarding such a critical aspect as becoming sexually active. Although it is a fact that young people become sexually active at a young age, sometimes experimenting, it still remains the responsibility of government, parents, caregivers, and society to inform and guide children about the challenges and implications of having sex at a young age. Child Welfare South Africa is of the view that, in accordance with the amendment, parents, caregivers, and society must be empowered so as to talk to and educate children of all ages regarding sex and ensure that children are informed and provided with the correct information. Schools and the education system have and continue to play a vital role in this regard. CHILD WELFARE SA Author: PJ Cloete from Child Welfare South Africa. More Info link: http://www.childwelfaresa.org.za Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Child Welfare South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
CHILD PROTECTION WEEK 31 MAY-7 JUNE 2015 NATIONAL THEME: WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT CHILDREN “CWSA MAKES A DIFFERENCE, WE NEED YOUR HELP, WILL YOU HELP?” Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) and affiliates throughout the country are participating in the National Child Protection Week from 31 May-7 June 2015. The focus of Child Protection Week this week is to HIGHLIGHT PREVENTION AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM ALL ABUSE AND NEGLECT. Our focus is on the creation of nurturing and secure environment, throughout South Africa, where children can grow up free of the fear of abuse and neglect. We collectively serve, through our affiliates in all nine provinces, over 2,5million children. We are launching a public campaign during this week, in support of the national theme, under the slogan: “PROTECT, PRESERVE AND NURTURE OUR CHILDREN. The purpose is to facilitate and encourage effective partnerships with the Department of Social Development and other stakeholders as we work together to create a strong protective safety net for ALL our children The recent reports of brutal deaths of children through violence and sexual violence have underlined the vulnerability of our children in need. Steps must be taken to protect, preserve and nurture our children by raising public and community awareness. The number of vulnerable children at risk continues to grow, despite our best efforts, and we must focus on raising awareness and vigilance amongst all our people in order to, together, put a stop to any form of abuse against our children. We trust that this initiative will facilitate and encourage communities to work together with Child Welfare in creating a nurturing and secure environment, throughout South Africa, where children can grow up free of the fear of abuse and neglect. CWSA offers many programs on prevention and early intervention to equip children and adults in coping effectively with challenging situations CWSA would like the week to be a . . .