Eye of the Child has said Malawi should intensify child protection efforts for its global ranking to improve.
Malawi has scored 133 out of 189 in the global ranking on children’s rights, according to a recent study conducted by the KidsRights Index. The findings were released on Tuesday.
KidsRights Index provides annual global index which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children rights.
Eye of the Child Executive Director, Maxwell Matewere, said challenges such as rising cases of defilement and poor access to education facilities are hindering Malawi’s efforts to create an enabling environment for children.
He, however, said, considering that the country has scored better than the United Kingdom (UK)— which has been ranked 173 among overall worst performing countries on the issue of child rights— Malawi has made strides in protecting children from abuse.
“We are, somehow, not doing well but, at least, we have done better than other developed countries such as the UK, which has scored poorly in terms of the outcome. It is always very important that, when we ratify or take part in international treaties, we should make sure that we implement such commitments as the country is under watch,” he said.
Matewere urged duty-bearers to address shortfalls highlighted in the index.
“Areas that we need to work on include promoting access to education, provision of protection services to the child, protecting the child’s right to life, among others,” Matewere said.
Countries are accessed based on their performance on provision of education and health services to children, and how they create a protective environment for the child through, among other strategies, enactment of laws that serve the interest of children.
Malawi has, like all countries, been accessed because it submitted reports to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Committee. The Amsterdam-based KidsRights Foundation then does the assessment.