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Concluding Observations, CRC/C/ZWE/CO/2, 29 January 2016: Zimbabwe

IV. Main areas of concern and recommendations

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


26. While welcoming the inclusive non-discrimination provision in the Constitution, the Committee is concerned that national legislation remains inconsistent with the non- discrimination 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.

27. 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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