Rachel Odede, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Swaziland, told Xinhua that they want the summit discussions to include the protection of children because they are the future of these countries.


Statistics from some African countries reveal shocking figures of sexual, physical and emotional abuse of children. One in 5 girls and one in 10 boys in Zambia, for example, experience childhood sexual violence.

Odede said like all world leaders, presidents of countries meeting at the FOCAC summit must ensure that violence against children comes to an end in their countries.

“We need cooperation among governments, civil societies, businesses and communities to successfully address issues of violence against children,” said Dumisile Nala, the National Executive Officer for Children, South Africa.

She suggested the forum discuss cyber safety for children in the various countries who are members of FOCAC.
“Economically strong countries like China and big businesses should come up with ways of investing in child protection measures and programmes in the African countries where they operate,”Nala said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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