SA climbs up KidsRights Index (but there's still room for improvement)

While South Africa has improved in its overall global ranking in child rights, there is still a lot of work to be done, says child rights advocate Karabo Ozah.

The 2017 KidsRights Index 2017 placed South Africa 84th among 165 countries assessed for upholding the rights of children.

Last year, the country ranked at 109th.

Ozah explains that the findings are based on reports presented by government and civil society to the UN.

She says the countries are assessed against the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Constitution, Children's Act and other child-related legislation.

Some of the measurements include:

  • the collection of child data for planning
  • protecting the best interest of the child
  • the amount of national budget allocated to children's rights
  • the provision of enabling legislation

Ozah says that South Africa has improved in terms of data collection, but remains the same in regards to budget and laws.

We need to to improve on budget. If you know that there are increasing needs and that there's an issue with inequality in the country, the budget for providing for children cannot remain the same.

Karabo Ozah, deputy director of the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria

Take a listen to her insights and analysis:

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