UNICEF SAYS SOUTH AFRICAHAS MADE PROGRESS SINCE DEMOCRACY IN 1994

A new report by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) says South Africa has made significant progress in fulfilling the rights of children since the advent of democracy in 1994.

The report, entitled "Global goals for every child: Progress and disparities among children in South Africa", was released by Unicef, together with South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) here Monday. The report details and analyses progress and disparities among children in South Africa.

Among the stark realities detailed is the fact that a black child is more likely to die before the age of one compared with a white child. The report also illustrates that while progress has been made as far as children's rights are concerned, much remains to be done, especially in the poorest sections of society.

It has found that high levels of inequality continue to pose serious threats to the country's commitment to children's rights and says that if sufficient attention is paid by the relevant authorities to addressing challenges in some areas, the lives of children in South Africa will vastly improve.

Sydeshan Reddy, a communication specialist with Unicef South Africa said the gap between a black child and a white child was narrowing.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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