UNICEF to launch campaign on violence against children in Cross River
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Cross River State Government have commenced plans to launch a campaign on Violence Against Children (VAC) on June 16, 2016.
This was disclosed in Calabar during a stakeholders meeting with UNICEF to determine the future of Children who are faced with all forms of abuses in the society.
The Child Rights law was made to safeguard children, their wellbeing and their individual rights. In Cross River, cases of VAC in the name of child witches, abuse, rape, abandonment, labour, kidnapping and trafficking have been on the increase for quite some time which forced the former governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, to implement the Child Rights Act in 2009.
Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Nigeria, Enugu Field Office, Mrs. Nkiru Maduechesi, noted that children abused are of a great tendency of not being able to achieve their potentials as a normal child.
Presenting a paper on “Overview of the theory of change from protecting children from all forms of violence in Nigeria”, she said that, pro-active measures needed to be taken to address the issues.
She called for community response to support victims of child abuse and other forms of crimes against children.Maduechesi proposed that the state should setup an institution that would be a platform that corrects children from their wrongdoing.
She said, the issue of violence against children is endemic and it has to be addressed.
The Federal Government and the National Population Commission carried out a national survey on VAC in 2014. The survey measured the prevalence nature and consequences of physical, emotional and social violence against children.
On the findings on the VAC survey, the Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF, Mr.Tatenda Makoni, disclosed that six out of every 10 children below the ages of 18 experienced some form of violence.
He said investigations showed that no more than six per cent of children who suffered from physical violence sought for help for fear of getting in to trouble.
In one of the previous meetings with UNICEF, the wife of the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs. Omotunde Ivara Esu, tasked stakeholders to continue the fight towards achieving zero tolerance for VAC.
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