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Second International Conference in Africa on Child Sexual Abuse

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It is now almost four years since the First International Conference in Africa on Child Sexual Abuse was held in Nairobi in September 2007. Yet sexual abuse of children has continued unabated. It is for this reason that the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Regional Office through the African Movement for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (AMPCAN) in Accra, Ghana decided to organize the Second International Conference in Africa on Child Sexual Abuse as a follow up to the first conference to review the progress made towards improving the situation of children who are at risk of sexual abuse or have already been abuse.

The Conference aimed at offering an opportunity for stakeholders to reflect on what has been done in the various African countries on sexual abuse of children since the first conference and also deliberate and share on the necessary protective mechanisms and safe nets available against sexual abuse of children. It also aimed at using the opportunity to mobilize and remind governments, communities and civil society organizations and others on their responsibility to protect children against Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) as well as of the need to accelerate efforts towards protecting children from sexual abuse. It brought together actors, stakeholders, researchers, practitioners, child activists, the media, policy makers and donors from all over the world to share and learn from each other on sexual abuse of children and young women.

The Second International Conference in Africa on Child Sexual Abuse was held in Accra, Ghana on 12 – 14 March 2012. The Conference was organized by ANPPCAN Ghana in collaboration with ANPPCAN Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya.

The Conference had the following as its objectives:

1. To assess the progress made so far in the various African countries on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse.
2. To ascertain improvement in research and practice on Child Sexual Abuse in Africa
3. To identify pertinent issues that hinder or enhance responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Africa
4. To provide a forum for learning responses on Child Sexual Abuse globally

The Conference sub-themes are as follows:

1. Building organizational capacity to manage Child Sexual Abuse in Africa
2. The role of legislation and policies on Child Sexual Abuse
3. Strategies on Child Sexual Abuse prevention
4. Child Sexual Abuse in institutions of care and learning in Africa
5. Good practices in research and practice on Child Sexual Abuse

Outputs of the Conference:

1. Book of abstracts
2. Space to sell merchandise
3. Conference report

 

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