n Malawi Law Journal - Where are the missing pieces? Constructing a mosaic of the CRC and the African Children's Charter in Malawi's law and policy

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1996-7675



This article undertakes a survey of Malawi's legislation and policies to determine how far she has fulfilled her obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The analysis reveals that the implementation of child rights in Malawi has suffered from a hodgepodge execution of laws and policies aimed at addressing various issues which sometimes just happen to deal with an aspect of child protection. It is therefore argued that a comprehensive, systematic reconsideration of all child-protection legislation, policies and programmes is urgently needed to ensure that children's rights are prioritised and that children grow in an environment in which they can realise their full potential and become useful members of society. Furthermore, it is argued that the proposed Child (Justice, Care and Protection) Bill, while a laudable development, amounts to nothing more than a patch on a patch.

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