Wednesday, 09 November 2016 12:02

AFRICA: African Ministers Say Striving to Stop Violence Against Children

ADDIS ABABA, 7 November 2016 - Social affairs ministers from Sierra Leone, Lesotho and Uganda presented today the strategies and legal frameworks their respective countries employ to halt violent acts committed against children.

Sharing their experiences to the participants of African Child Policy Forum that opened in Addis Ababa, Sierra Leone's Minister of Social of Affairs, Dr. Olayinka Sylvia Blyden stated that her country is working to protect the wellbeing of children.

According to the minister, Sierra Leone prioritizes elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM) and protection of the psycho-social welfare of pregnant schoolgirls.

Since Sierra Leone identifies teenage pregnancy as menace affecting the productivity of women, it has established a multi-agency secretariat to combat it, Dr. Blyden said.

She added that Sierra Leone has opened an alternative school for pregnant girls and offers counseling services that have proved helpful in increasing female re-enrollment and reducing dropouts.

Lesotho's Minister of Social Development, Molahlehi Letlotlo stated that poverty, deep rooted community beliefs and weak law enforcement mechanisms are the underlying causes of violence against children.

The minister indicated that his country has formulated various legal and policy frameworks that enable to register success in stopping domestic violence against children and women.

Uganda's Minister of State for Children and Youth Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi said her country is hugely working to expand children’s access to primary education and to increase their benefits.

Besides, a task force is set to stop child trafficking and to bring the criminals to justice. She added that ban was placed on promoting violence against children.

She said her country gives priority to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are helpful to end violence against children at a national level.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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