During a program aimed at preventing violence against children, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Maria E. Brewer, said society must strive to prevent all forms of violence against children.
Mrs. Brewer, who spoke at the “Launch of the Year of Action to End Violence Against Children” in Abuja on Tuesday, September 15, said that violence does not discriminate along ethnic or tribal lines, and all children must be protected from abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect. She said, “Violence against children is never justified. Violence is preventable.”
Nigeria’s Head of Service launched the year-long campaign at the International Conference Center in response to the high rates of violence revealed in the Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey, released last week.
The survey, carried out by the National Population Commission, with support from UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that millions of children suffer violence every year in Nigeria—approximately six out of every 10 children experience some form of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18.
High level representatives of the National Police Force, Abuja High Court, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, and the National Human Rights Commission were also on hand at the event. The program also featured exhibitions and a children’s parade.