Children’s Rights and Parental Authority: African perspectives

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Traditionally, children in African societies were raised communally, with extended family members playing a vital role in child rearing and care. Social reality is playing a formative role in relation to family law and policy, including in respect of children’s rights. Most African children still grow up under conditions of extreme poverty, which is exacerbated by urbanization, conflict, adverse climatic conditions and economic disparity which leaves large numbers of people unemployed or underemployed. Characteristic of the African human rights conception is a unique provision for the responsibilities of the child. Children’s rights feature prominently in African constitutions, and commonly include protection for the family, education rights and rights relating to special protection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy
EditorsJohn Eekelaar, Rob George
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781003058519
ISBN (Print)9780367195526, 9780367528218
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


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