FG moves against aggression on children
The minister of women’s affairs Pauline Tallen On Thursday said the federal government has put in place strategies to overcome hardship faced by children who are victims of aggression, especially in conflict zones.
In a statement signed by the director of press in the ministry, Shehu Maikai, while observing this year’s International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, which is marked on June 4th yearly, Tallen said the government has embarked on advocacy campaigns to mitigate the hardship children face from aggression and COVID-19.
She said other strategies included the enforcement of the Child Rights Act and other international and regional treaties in order to protect the Nigerian child.
Pauline said some of the treaties are “the Convention on the Rights of the child, (1989), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the child (1990), the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children and Armed Conflicts (2000) and Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (2000).”
According to her, a UNICEF survey on Violence against Children (VAC), shows that 6 out of every 10 Nigerian children have experienced one form of violence or the other.
“The forms of violence against children include, but not limited to; child soldier, child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, child prostitution, rape, procurement, battering and force labour. Others are; kidnapping, killing, baby racketeering and sexual exploitation.”
She said that in response to the VAC survey, President Muhammadu Buhari launched the Year of Action to End Violence Against Children on 15th September 2015 and a Road Map to End Violence Against Children
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