Rwanda was one of the first countries in the world to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC’s core principles, which include ensuring that children meet their basic needs, are protected from violence, abuse and exploitation and reach their full potential, are reflected in national development programmes, and are also evident in the Government’s strong legal and policy framework as well as practical measures to protect children.
In 2011, the Government established a National Commission for Children, to promote children’s rights, as well as developed a plan of action to protect children from abuse, violence and exploitation. Each year, Children’s Summits are also organized to ensure that children’s voices are heard on issues that concern them.
What is UNICEF doing?
As part of the UN in Rwanda, UNICEF supports Government and civil society organisations to promote: