Mission Statement of the Engr. Aja Eze Foundation
The Engr Aja Eze Foundation advocates for the female child soldier by way of advocacy which:
- Carefully assess the inevitable risks of a Child making a claim and ensure protective measuresare put in place.
- Train local Lawyers to represent Children who have indicated that they want to apply for VictimStatus.
- Advocate for the concept of Victim Status be introduced into national legislation and applied incases in national courts.
- Raise awareness amongst female child soldiers the possibility of claiming victim status at theICC.
- Raise the awareness in the Community and in families of the protections available to childrenaffected by war.
- Advocate with the ICC Trust Fund for victims and also support reparation programmes forchildren.
- Raise awareness of reparation programmes and promote children’s access to such programmes.
- Include specific provisions for reparation for children, both individually and collectively; in peaceagreements and national legislation.
- Seek International funding, technical support and assistance to ensure that the right toreparation is fulfilled and the implementation meets international standards.
- Establish” PEACE SCHOOLS FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY WAR”.
- The building of” Walls of Peace” in collaboration with CITYarts, New York.
- Encourage the female child soldiers and other vulnerable children affected by war to paint andexpress their feelings via art , drama and games-the establishment of “games for peace”.
- Advocate to ensure that the mandate of TRCs include a specific reference on violations ofChildren’s rights and provide for the participation of children and the employment of staff who
are skilled in working with children.
- Establish partnerships with local and national Child organizations, schools, community leaders;and faith based organizations at the initial stage of the TRC to promote children’s participation
- Conduct awareness campaigns among children and civil society on the mandate of and thepossible participation in the TRC.
- Engage in dialogue with community leaders on how to include child rights standards andprotection into traditional justice structures and decision making.
- Raise awareness within communities who employ traditional justice mechanisms to promotehealing and reconciliation on child rights violations and child protection issues.
- Provide NGOs and local community leaders with information and training on traditional justicesystems and the implementation of child’s rights.
- Advocate with communities to offer child victims some form of recognition of the rights abusesthat they have suffered, and psycho-social support.