Introduction - Childrens Rights Reform


States Parties have the obligation to undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative, and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognised in the CRC (article 4). Consequently, States Parties have the responsibility to undertake legislative reform and ensure that their national legislative framework is compliant with the CRC.

Although it is the responsibility of the State to undertake children’s rights legislative reform, various other stakeholders as well as community members have a role to play in the realisation of children’s rights. Legislative reform should therefore be participatory and inclusive, and used as an opportunity for advocacy, awareness raising and debate about the importance of children’s rights in the country. Children’s rights legislative reform should thus be seen as process that includes the following actors.