Original Articles

Violation of Children's Rights by Traditional and Cultural Practices and the Responses by States in Eastern and Southern Africa

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 19, issue 1, 2009 , pages: 63–69
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2009.10820259
Author(s): Symphorosa RembeUniversity of Fort Hare,, Kola OdekuUniversity of Fort Hare,


This article reviews traditional and cultural practices which lead to violation of children's rights in some of the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and various measures taken by the States to address them. Traditional and cultural practices reviewed include female genital mutilation, initiation and botched circumcision, virginity testing and child marriages. From the review we conclude that the practices expose children to risks of contracting life threatening and infectious diseases and may lead to loss of lives. Girl children are denied the right to education which entrenches gender inequality.

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