Children as young as 12 are exploited in prostitution in Windhoek, coastal towns and along the main transport routes, a report released in Washington on Thursday reveals.
There is a growing recognition in Eastern and Southern Africa that child-sensitive protection policies are a critical way to provide a social safety net for the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Recently, Members of Parliament from across the region committed to pass better aimed at creating social policies that protect children.
At the age of 14, Wesley Awareb* has been forced to drop out of school and work because he cannot afford school fees or the extras needed to gain an education.
Government will tighten controls on child labour and also on trafficking of foreign children from neighbouring countries into Namibia to work, after recent inspections revealed that about 120 children under the age of 14 were found to be 'employed' in all seven northern regions and in the Omaheke Region.
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.
Two Namibian youths are seeking an amendment to the Constitution to make provision for the President to appoint four people between the ages of 23 and 30 to the National Assembly in addition to the six people who the president already appoints on the basis of expertise or special status.
The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) says it has increasingly detected abuse and misappropriation of orphan funds by guardians who, instead of spending the money on the orphans, opt to use it for their own needs.
Child trafficking recruiters have allegedly entered Namibia to lure young girls to South Africa, where they will be forced to become sex workers to meet the expected increase in demand during the Fifa 2010 World Cup.
The status of orphaned and vulnerable children caused a stir in the National Assembly on Tuesday night as the House debated the Gender and Child Welfare Ministry's budget for the year.
The Children of Our Villages (cov) Non profit organisation was started to empower orphans and vulnerable children through filmmaking, with the first project focusing on Namibian children. As I accidentally learned today, the first outcome of the effort is finally going to be presented to the Namibian public - in a few days.
Selection of documentaries on key Child Rights issues in Africa from various sources.