UNICEF in partnership with Convention Rights of the Child (CRC) held an auction evening to raise funds, in acknowledgement of the 25th Anniversary of the CRC.
The event was attended by Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Rosalia Nghidinwa, in the absence of the President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba. During the event the 13 children whose paintings were auctioned, were awarded with certificates for their submissions. UNICEF Representative Micaela Marques de Sousa stated that Namibia was in the first group of countries that signed and ratified the convention on September 28 1990 without reservation, followed by the African Charter on The Rights and Welfare of the Child signed in 1999 and ratified in 2004, “the CRC has since become the most widely endorsed human rights treaty in history, currently ratified by 193 States Parties” she said.
The minister of Gender expressed her concerns that despite the prohibitions of all forms of violence in the Namibian Constitution, violence against children and gender violence is widespread in the country and widely tolerated in Namibian communities.
Marques emphasized, “there is much to be done immediately: from translating the CRC into domestic law, ratifying the optional protocols, to ensuring the unfiltered and undiluted voice of children is heard throughout law reforms and policy reviews; eliminating maternal to child transmission of HIV; and ensuring that equitable access to key social sectors such as health, welfare, water and sanitation, and education are prioritized by Treasury and the development partners in upcoming budgets”.