The African Union envisions an integrated, prosperous, and peaceful continent driven by its own citizens, as detailed in Agenda 2063—a collective roadmap for a united Africa based on shared values and aspirations. The vision prioritizes freedom, equality, justice, and dignity, with Aspiration 6 particularly emphasizing youth empowerment, access to education, health, and jobs, safety for children, and early childhood development. This commitment aligns with the Africa Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), mirroring the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The ACRWC safeguards children from sexual exploitation, abuse, and hazardous work, while the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) plays a vital role in ensuring the continent’s fitness for children by promoting and safeguarding their rights.
Against this backdrop, the five-year continental plan of action (2021-2025) emerges with a focus on addressing Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (OCSEA). Designed to foster comprehensive and coordinated efforts, the plan aims to galvanize member states, stakeholders, and partners to accelerate actions in OCSEA prevention, protection, and prosecution. By prioritizing the safeguarding of children against online exploitation and abuse, the plan seeks to uphold the principles of Agenda 2063, the ACRWC, and the ACERWC’s mandate, collectively working towards a continent where the rights and welfare of children are prioritized and safeguarded