Participation of the Cooperation and cultural affairs department to a roundtable about violence against children
Participation to the Development Partner Roundtable Meeting with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence againts children 22nd February 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Abuja
On 10th September 2015, Nigeria was the first country in West Africa and the eighth country in the world to launch the findings of the national Violence Against Children Survey. Consequently, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria launched the Year of action to end violence against children.
The Special Representative Marta Santos Pais, wants to support Nigeria in this ambitious project. To this purpose, she decided to gather representatives of civil society, international organizations and government representatives of Nigeria along with some representatives of embassies. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss concrete steps and actions, in order to make sure that Nigeria succeeds in fighting the violence against children.
The participants showed strong interest for the issue and exchanges views and ideas. All of them agreed on the fact that these decisions and commitments must be translated into concrete results and taken into action for communities and all its members.
• Approximately 6/10 children experience some form of violence
• 1 / 2 experience physical violence
• 1 / 4 girls and 1 / 10 boys experience sexual violence
• 1 / 6 girls and 1 / 5 boys experience emotional violence
• 80% of children who experience one form of violence do so on multiple occasions (chronic)
• Children often experience more than one type of violence either at the same time or at different points in childhood
• Over half of children first experienced physical violence between the age of 6 and 11
• Perpetrators of violence are overwhelmingly people whom children know
• Most of the violence occurs in the perpetrator’s home, followed by their own home, and school
• Children (especially girls) don’t know where to go and where to seek help