AFRICAN GOVTS URGED TO TAKE STEPS TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, has urged governments on the continent to work in co-ordination to stop violence against children in Africa.

Speaking at an awareness creation forum organized by World Vision International here Tuesday, he added that Ethiopia, Niger and Malawi were the leading countries in Africa for their early marriage practices.

The commissioner added that poverty and lack of awareness were the mai causes of child abuse.

Recalling the resolution passed by the AU member States in 2014 to stop child abuse in all African countries, he urged the countries to collaborate with stakeholders in the fight against child abuse.

Despite the encouraging activities underway in Nigeria, Uganda and Tunisia to stop sexual abuse on women and child labour, the commissioner observed that they should strive for better results.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Demitu Hambisa, said the government was working in partnership with stakeholders to prevent violence against women and children, adding that Ethiopia had been working in collaboration with concerned bodies to fully end violence against children by 2025.

Some 168 million children are exposed to child labour and 85 million of them are susceptible to risk, according to the African Child Abuse 2014 report.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK