Dr Najat Maalla M’jid

Dr Najat Maalla M’jid

Executive Cmte Member
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children
Dr. M’jid, a medical doctor in paediatrics, has over the last three decades devoted her life to the promotion and protection of children’s rights.  She was Head of the Paediatric Department and Director of the Hay Hassani Mother-Child hospital in Casablanca.  Dr. M’jid is a member of the Moroccan National Council on Human Rights and founder of the non-governmental organisation Bayti, the first programme addressing the situation of children living and working in the streets of Morocco.
From 2008 to 2014, she served as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography. 
Dr. M’jid also works as an Expert-Consultant for national and international projects, strategies and policies relating to child rights’ promotion and protection.  She has participated in the development of national policies on the protection of the child, and has worked with several governments, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations.  She also works as a lecturer in Moroccan and international universities on child rights’ protection, promotion, programming and monitoring, as well as social and development policies.  A member of several regional and international non-governmental organisations and networks working for children’s rights, Dr. M’jid is also involved in the training of social workers, law enforcement, teachers, judges, and medical staff.  
Dr. M’jid holds a Doctorate in general medicine from the University of Rabat, a specialization in paediatrics and neonatology from the University of Bordeaux II and a Master’s of Human Rights from the Human Rights Institute, Geneva.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours for her strong commitment to protecting the rights of the child.

Publications launched by the office of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children:

  1. Toward a World Free from Violence - Global Survey on Violence against Children
  2. Political Commitments by Regional Organizations and Institutions to prevent and Address Violence against Children
  3. Protecting children affected from armed violence in the community
  4. Ending the torment: tackling bullying from schoolyard to cyberspace
  5. Safeguarding the rights of girls in the criminal justice system
  6. Releasing Children’s Potential and Minimizing Risks - ICTs, the Internet and Violence against Children
  7. Why Children’s Protection from Violence should be at the Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda - A Review of Consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  8. Promoting Restorative Justice for Children
  9. Tackling Violence in Schools: Bridging the Gap between Standards and Practice
  10. Prevention and Responses to Violence against Children within the Juvenile Justice System
  11. Safe and child-sensitive counseling, complaint and reporting mechanisms to address violence against children
  12. Protecting children from harmful practices in plural legal systems

SRSG Reports presented by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children 

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