All children have a right to learn. The threat of violence stops many from going to school and many more from achieving learning outcomes. If they are serious about education, governments must invest in understanding the nature and drivers of violence against children and use data and evidence to ensure their safety.
We are more than halfway to the 2030 deadline for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, but most African countries are struggling to make sufficient progress. Poverty, high unemployment rates, and inadequate and unequal access to education and healthcare across much of the continent reflect how far we are from reaching these targets. But despite the scale of its development challenges, Africa has a chance to meet them by investing in its greatest resource: its young people.
The Country has witnessed a reduction in the number of violence Against children cases by 24 per cent in the last 15 years. According to a survey conducted by the Directorate of Children service and that covered the period between 2010 and 2019, cases of sexual abuse among girls aged 13 to 17 however remain rampant. As Kasichana Masha reports, the Principal Secretary for Social Protection Joseph Motari is calling for more stakeholders’ engagement to fully implement the Children Act 2022.
Experiences of violence during childhood have lifelong adverse effects in terms of physical and mental health, social outcomes, educational attainment and financial well-being. Concerningly, childhood exposure to violence increases the risk of further exposure to violence later on in life. Goal 16.2 of the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development strives to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against, and torture of, children.” Although both male and female children have equivalent risks of enduring physical abuse and neglect, girls face a higher risk of experiencing sexual abuse, the World Health Organization highlights.
Last year, the United Nations declared November 18 World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence. The creation of this international day was a milestone in the work to increase global awareness of the horrific prevalence of sexual violence against children and the life-altering impact it can inflict. Ending such violence should be a priority for every government. Historically, this has not been the case. Yet keeping children and adolescents safe is a vital foundation in their development and the cost of failing to do so is paid not just by them, but entire societies.
Several African governments are gathering data on the prevalence of violence against children as a first step to tackle the issue — and it’s working. Survey data for Eswatini and Kenya collected at the country level and compared over time show a marked reduction in the number of children experiencing a form of abuse.
Windhoek and Walvis Bay have been labelled as hotspots for child labour and sexual exploitation by the Global Organised Crime Index. In its latest report edition, Namibia is listed as “not seriously affected” in terms of human trafficking. However, the issue persists among specific groups and in certain areas, especially in Windhoek and at Walvis Bay, the report states.
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child in acknowledgment of the distinct challenges girls face simply because of their gender. Today, the 11th anniversary of the Day of the Girl Child presents the international community with an opportunity to acknowledge the advancements in girls’ and women’s rights since 2011 but also presents a chance to reflect on the barriers that still exist and the gaps preventing the world from achieving U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) by 2030.
H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden and H.R.H. Princess Madeleine of Sweden hosted the event, which honored Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon; Jennifer Wortham, Chair, Global Collaborative; and Daniela Ligiero, CEO, Together for Girls, Co-Founder, The Brave Movement
Desde principios de 2023, han aumentado los casos de agresores que utilizan Inteligencia Artificial generativa para crear material de abuso sexual infantil y explotar a los niños, según el informe de WeProtect Global Alliance, recién publicado.