UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Zimbabwe (CRC 07-03-2016)

The Committee considered the second periodic report of Zimbabwe (CRC/C/ZWE/2) at its 2076th and 2078th meetings (see CRC/C/SR.2076 and 2078), held on 19 January 2016, and adopted the following concluding observations at its 2104th meeting (see CRC/C/SR.2104), held on 29 January 2016.

Concluding observations

C. General principles (arts. 2, 3, 6 and 12)


  1. While welcoming the inclusive non-discrimination provision in the Constitution, the Committee is concerned that national legislation remains inconsistent with the nondiscrimination provisions of the Convention. It reiterates its concern (para. 12) about high levels of discrimination against certain groups of children, including children with disabilities, children in street situations, children living in rural areas, children born out of wedlock, orphans, children living in foster care, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. The Committee is seriously concerned about the situation of girls, in particular adolescent girls, who suffer marginalization and gender stereotyping, which compromise their educational opportunities, and who are more vulnerable to sexual violence, abuse and HIV/AIDS.
  2. The Committee reiterates its previous recommendation (para. 22) and urges the State party to harmonize its legislation with article 2 of the Convention, and to ensure the full implementation of all legal provisions. The Committee recommends that the State party carry out comprehensive public-education campaigns to prevent and combat all forms of discrimination, including gender stereotyping, in line with the recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (see CEDAW/C/ZWE/CO/2-5, para. 22).
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