World Campaign for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children -19th November 2010
Campaign theme 2010: Adults and Young People unite for better prevention of abuse and violence against children. Child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is a universal and alarming problem and increased attention and efficient protection skills and prevention measures are necessary at family, local, national, and international level.
After a long tradition of silence, sexual child abuse is being more and more denounced and becoming a public and political topic. Alerting governments, civil society organizations, the mass media etc to play a more active role in the promotion and respect for the rights of the child (Article 19 and 34* of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
No person shall subject a child to torture or other cruel, in human or degrading treatment or punishment including any cultural practice which dehumanizes or is injurious to the physical and mental welfare of a child according to Article 33.1 of the Sierra Leone child Right Act 2007. World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, a Day to be commemorated every 19 November in synergy with the anniversary of the International Day for the rights of the child (20 November), which has as its objective to be a rallying point around the issue of child abuse and the need for urgent effective prevention programs.
Concerns/problems faced by children in Sierra Leone:
- Sexual harassment, Violence and Rape from both adolescent and adult.
- Labour : (child miners, scrape metal, stones) etc.
- Trafficking of children from rural setting to urban settlement to trade or do domestic work.
- Adult and young people continue to exposed children to pornographic movies.
- Children are being induced by adult to engage on sexual exploitation which normally lead to early pregnancy, HIV/Aids AND Sexual Transmitted infection (STI).
Due to some conditions/situation children themselves have taken the lead in mobilizing violence against their colleagues (this we continue to condemn in all forms)
Activities in line towards the commemoration:
19th November 2010.
Media engagement: Press Statement, interviews with media house, on-line discussions etc
Hajie Bah, National Coordinator Network Movement for Youth and Children Welfare-SL (NMYCW-SL)
20th -21st November 2010.
Engagement with adult and young people in identifying the practical causes towards abuse and violence against children, with preferred solution to those problems.
22nd November 2010.
Distribution of signature cards to key stake holders in the promotion of child welfare and non violence campaigners.
25th November 2010.
Youth dialogue forum on prevention of abuse and violence against children.
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