“I am proud of my work, but I want to go back to school!” – Research on working children in Bukoba, Tanzania

“Every day I am working. In the morning I go to the bus station, I clean a bus, then I go to sell vegetables. I am proud of my work […] because I earn my own money. […] But I am young, and I want to go back to school.” Meshak, a 14-year-old boy living…

Debate series: “When the law is not enough: Tackling intractable problems of human rights – prospects for integrated approaches”

Dear Colleagues, The Chair of African Legal Studies at the University of Bayreuth in cooperation with Rhodes University would like to invite you to our debates series on intractable problems of human rights in Africa: Everyone’s Human Rights financed by the Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple 26 October – 30 November 2022 from 11.00 AM…

Child Trafficking in West Africa and the Question of Justice: How life under unjust structures weakens efforts to end human-trafficking

ANALYSIS Mitterand M. Okorie, PhD 22 July 2022 A recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) paints a disturbing picture of human trafficking in West Africa. Released in 2021, the report shows that 75 per cent of trafficking victims detected in West Africa are children, the majority of whom are…

As you light another cigarette

COMMENT Gift Mauluka 15 June 2022 Malawi’s 2021 tobacco sales have generated a cumulative earning of over USD 197 million, representing a 13 per cent increase from the proceeds realised in the 2020 season. According to the Tobacco Commission in Malawi, the volume and revenue are expected to increase in the coming season as farmers’…

Customizing the Protection of the African (Girl) Child from Harmful Practices

COMMENT Tinyade Kachika 11 June 2021 Eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres is a target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.  In Africa, it is widely accepted that such violence may take the form of harmful practices such as child marriage, female genital mutilation, child…

Child Labour in Somalia – A Legal Analysis

ANALYSIS Lisa Strube 04 June 2021 According to UNICEF, there are 218 million working children between the ages of 5 and 17 years worldwide. 152 million of these working children are so-called child labourers[1], meaning they are children who are forced to work under conditions which violate their rights and endanger their development. Child labour…