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Poverty, exclusion among urban children in Zimbabwe
FOR many, the image of a malnourished child, a child living in miserable conditions and lacking access to basic social services, has a rural backdrop. Now, with a net increase in the urban population, this picture is also increasingly set in most urban

Birth registration in Zimbabwe, can we do more?
The right to a name and an identity is one of the most fundamental human rights, and is especially critical to the realisation of children’s rights. Children without birth certificates are at a higher risk of lifelong deprivations and exclusion from socio

Let’s take pride in our girls and women!
The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is central to any society keen to achieve equity. In order to achieve results of every child, especially the disadvantaged, it is essential that one of the most fundamental

Children at mercy of climate change
Upon being asked during a recent survey of young people on whether or not she understood what climate change meant, a 16-year-old girl from Chimanimani in Manicaland, remarked:

Zim: Health and Education bounce back
The breakdown in Zimbabwe’s social sector in the last two decades is well documented but less known is the painstaking work that has gone into rebuilding them to something akin to the 1980s.

Parents must not trample on children’s rights
The economic hardships being experienced by Zimbabweans have put many breadwinners out of formal employment, making it increasingly difficult for them to provide enough for their families.

Remove children from the streets
There was a case reported by the media not so long ago about a girl from Murehwa who had travelled to Chitungwiza to collect school fees from her grandmother.

Celebrating 25 years of child rights
The adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989 was a milestone achievement in the struggle for children’s rights.

Innovating into a child-friendly future
When a Zimbabwean, Dr Peter Morgan invented the Blair Toilet and the “B-type” Bush Pump nearly 40 years ago, he forever changed the landscape of rural water and sanitation in the country and indeed the continent.

Do our girls deserve this?
It was reported recently in the local Press that a Mhondoro grandmother allegedly forced her 14-year-old granddaughter to marry a 47-year-old man who later raped her and infected her with HIV.

Child poverty hurts the nation
In a 2013 report, the World Bank estimated that up to 400 million children under the age of 17 worldwide lived in extreme poverty, the majority in Asia and Africa. This is a staggering number and indicates the pervasive inequalities between and within cou

Taking stock of children’s rights, 25 years on
I was deeply moved by how in the most difficult of human conditions, there was great jubilation from the people present at the birth of this little boy. Yet there is no doubt that this baby has a disadvantaged start in life.

Chipo’s story: Confused by the flood evacuation
The flooding and evacuations in Tokwe-Mukosi in Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe is already leaving its mark on children who have been forced to take refugee in transit and holding camps away from their homes.



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