Child Rights Governance
Save the Children is one of the key players in Child Rights Governance (CRG) in Rwanda and is currently partnering with the Child Rights Civil Society Coallition and child-led groups to advocate and engage in the promotion and monitoring of Children's rights. We work to strengthen the capacity of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and children's networks to effectively participate in public budgeting and policy making processes. Save the Children also promotes the accountability for children's rights through the social accountability initiatives and the use of regional and international child rights mechanisms.
For the past few years, we have been partnering with a child-led organization, Children's Voices Today (CVT), to increase space for children to participate in Rwanda's governance structures, and to implement peer-to-peer training on child protection issues and child rights. In 2010, we supported the establishment of the Child Rights CSO Coalition Umwana ku Isonga, with the aim of strengthening coordination mechanisms among child-focused national NGOs.
Strengthening Child Rights Civil Society organizations: In partnership with Plan International, we are working with the child rights civil society coalition’ Umwana ku Isonga’ to demand, monitor and advocate for the improvement and fulfillment of child rights. We have supported Child Rights local organizations to engage in the UPR process, monitor, advocate for and contribute to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child(CRC) as well as the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child(ACRWC).
Child participation in advocating for their rights: We are working with the Children’s Voice Today (CVT), a child-led organization and Rwandan Local NGO to empower children to think independently, voice out their ideas, contribute to the decisions that affect their lives as well as demand the fulfillment of their rights.
Investment in Children: In 2014 we conducted in-depth analysis on investment in children which, despite the positive steps taken in this area, revealed a number of gaps in equitable financing for children’s rights. In collaboration with other partners including UNICEF, we continue nationwide advocacy for increased financing of children’s rights.
Support and empower Child-led groups to increase their skills in child rights monitoring and advocacy, from the grassroots levels up to the national level.