As the country joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s children day celebration,The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reteirates its commitment, to end violence against children in Nigeria .
The UNICEF Deputy Representative in Nigeria,Mr Isiye Ndombi said the body will partner with the government to launch the National Plan of Action to End Violence against children by 2030, alongside the national Social Norms Change Strategy.
According to him,the United Nations Children’s Fund is committed to end violence against children in Nigeria .
“Violence against children , usually occurs in the home, school, work place and online .Perpetrators often include the very people children are expected to trust ,which include ,parents, caregivers,family members, friends, teachers and intimate partners.
“We are currently re-analysing the 2014 Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) findings to gain deeper understanding of the drivers of violence against children
In the same vein,he said UNICEF is supporting government to track and monitor reported cases to end the act in the country .
“We will mobilize individuals and utilize resources to tackle all forms of violence against children wherever it occurred.When children are violated ,it usually last for a long time ,and sometimes they have visible marks ,and broken bones as a result of this inhuman act ”
In the same vein,he said this year’s theme ,which is “Creating Safe Spaces for Children: Our Collective Responsibility.’’creates the opportunity to speak on behalf of all vulnerable children in the country .
“Violence against children also affects the mental and physical health and the ability to function in the world.We are calling on government and individuals to end all forms of violence against children ”
Speaking further ,he said as part of government’s effort to end violence against children, Violence against children survey was conducted in 2014.
“The survey provides the first national representative data on the prevalence of sexual, physical, and emotional violence among children in the country.
Nigeria is the first country in the West African sub-region and the 9th worldwide to conduct VAC survey”
“The findings which was released at the end of 2015, highlighted that millions of Nigerian children are suffering from violence every year ,and most are suffering in silence.
“Six out of 10 children will suffer some form of emotional, physical or sexual violence before they reach the age of 18″
The findings further shows that many of the children encounter violence over and over; yet, less than five per cent of the children seek help and receive support”
According to him,this present administration has been very supportive in ending violence against children .
“President Muhammadu Buhari launched a Year of Action to End Violence Against Children in September 2015,and called on all Nigerians to join the battle.He further renewed his commitment in October 2016 ,by launching a long-term campaign, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, to End Violence Against Children by 2030,’’