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The Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 20

On November 20th, we celebrate anniversary of the Convention on the rights of the child.

This joint ECOWAS/UNICEF editorial and this series of portraits shows progress and challenges in advancing children’s rights in a region where some of the lowest human development indicators in the world are found.


An answer to West Africa's challenges

Child's portraits
Nigeria: "Ime", 8, accused of being a witch

Cameroon: Aichatou's story - the power of birth certificates

Cameroon: a teenager’s life in jail

Niger: Maliki Garba - "I like reading and writing in the minors’ ward"
Niger: Mariama, 14 years old, domestic worker 

Togo: Chinea, 15 years old, trafficked and abused
Youth journalists broadcast child rights in Togo

Sierra Leone: Fatmata, 13, discovers the power of photography

Anna Ndiaye, 11, pupil in Dakar, Senegal "I will tell them to stop violence against children"






The Convention on
the rights of the child
turns 20

All rights,
All children



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