The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), ASP Satina Aboagye, has reminded the public that child maintenance is not a duty only for men, but women as well.

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Government needs to introduce tougher legislation to protect children from all forms of abuse, the minister responsible for children said on Saturday.

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The African Union (AU) today launched the African Women’s Decade, with a top United Nations official calling on the continent’s leaders to seize the opportunity to eliminate a raft of ills, from exclusion from land tenure, credit and inheritance to violence and genital mutilation.

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More than 1,000 teachers have been sacked in Kenya for sexually abusing girls over the past two years, the authorities say.

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The arrest and conviction of seven Quranic teachers who forced boys trusted to their care to beg is a significant move forward for children's rights in Senegal, Human Rights Watch said today. The men were sentenced on September 8, 2010, marking the first application of a 2005 law outlawing the practice; two more men are scheduled to face the same charges on September 9. The authorities should make the children's welfare the top priority as they work to return the boys to their families, Human Rights Watch said.

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After her first year in the job, the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, told IRIN her major achievement has been to bring violence against children out into the open.

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Nearly one out of every seven victims whose rape was reported by the Namibian Police in its daily crime bulletins last year was ten years or younger.

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When Rosemary was separating from her husband Umaru, it did not occur to her that her two daughters, Ritah, 12 and Mary, 10 (not real names), would be defiled.

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South Africa should retain the high level of community awareness and effective law enforcement that prevented an increase in human trafficking and other forms of women and child abuse during the Soccer World Cup.

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Parents have been blamed for failing to protect children's rights and undermining government programmes, the microfinance state minister has said.

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