Dr Najat Maalla M’jid (Morocco) served as UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography between May 2008 and June 2014.
Dr Najat Maalla M’jid is a medical doctor in paediatrics, and has been engaged for the past three decades in the protection of vulnerable children. Dr Maalla M’jid has notably been involved in the training of social workers, law enforcement agencies in many countries, and in the drafting of studies on child victims of sexual violence, abuse and exploitation, children living in the street, institutionalised/ detained children, unaccompanied migrant children, children workers, children deprived of parental care, etc.
Dr Najat Maalla M’jid works also as Expert-Consultant in the development and monitoring of national policies on the protection of the child in her native country of Morocco, as well as in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia and MENA countries. She works also as lecturer in Moroccan and international universities on child rights protection, promotion, programming and monitoring, as well as social and development policies.
Dr Najat Maalla M’jid is a member the Moroccan National Council on Human Rights, and the founder and an active member of the non-governmental organisation BAYTI, the pioneer programme addressing the situation of children living and working in the streets in Morocco. She is also a member of several regional and international child rights organisations, platforms and networks.
Dr Najat Maalla M’jid is the author of several reports and articles on child rights protection, including child sexual exploitation on line, child sexual exploitation in travel and tourism, child prostitution, child labour, street children, child sensitive complaint mechanisms, child participation, child protection systems, prevention of sale and sexual exploitation of children.
In addition, Dr Najat Maalla M’jid has won several national and international awards for her strong commitment to protecting the rights of the child.