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ACERWC 33 Ordinary Session to begin on Monday 18th March 2019

March 13th, 2019

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child  will hold its statutory Ordinary Session from 18-28 March, 2019, at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa.

During this Session, the Committee will consider States Parties on the implementation of the African Children’s Charter from Benin, Eswatini, Rwanda, Nigeria and Senegal.

At the core of this 33rd Ordinary Session is the Day of General Discussion on Online Child Sexual Exploitation in Africa (OCSE). Due to a lack of reporting systems the extent of OCSE in Africa is largely unknown.  However experts believe that as new technology and internet connectivity is rapidly developing in Africa, so is OCSE. In order to contribute to the ongoing debate on addressing OCSE in Africa, the Committee aims through this Day of General Discussion to assess the current situation of OCSE in Africa and provide guidance to Member States on how to protect children from this emerging phenomenon in Africa.

The Committee will also consider complementary reports from Civil Society Organizations of Guinea Bissau and Mauritania.

The full program of the Session can be found here: