UNICEF launches action to end violence against children
CITING the National Survey on Violence Against Children, which shows that millions of Nigerian children have suffered violence in terms of physical, emotional and sexual abuse before the age of 18 years, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday announced an Action to End Violence Against Children in Abuja.
UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Jean Gough, who said that it was clear that violence against children was a problem that transcends social and economic status in Nigeria, expressed regrets that violence impacts both rich and poor, urban and rural, educated and out of school children.
According to Gough, “Findings highlight that violence is not confined to poor families, nor to marginalized children or children living in the shadow of conflict.”
Gough also stated that “each statistic represents an individual child suffering violence, a four-year-old boy being intentionally burnt for misbehaving, a 13 year old girl being repeatedly raped by her neighbour, a seven-year old being told again and again “you are worthless by the mother.”