Source: Savannanews24.com/ Prince Nana Kwame ::
The Country director of Christian Children’s Fund for Canada Mr. George Baiden has revealed that Violence and abuse of children, including sexual violence remains very high with over 90% of children reporting to have experienced physical violence, both at home and in the school environment.
He said this in his address during the International Day of The African Child 2017 celebration held in Tamale.
According to country director, child labor and child trafficking are long-standing problems with no evidence of being reduced despite government and civil society efforts in recent years to address them. According to him, other serious acts such as child labour, child marriage, birth registration and support for female genital mutilation continue to affect the nation.
Mr. Baiden also revealed that most of the state institutions set up to support children in relation to these problems are either under resourced or lack effective structures for coordination.
Meanwhile the country director is hopeful that Ghanaians will join government and stakeholders to ensure that they hasten work to protect and empower children by 2030.
Mr. William Anim Dankwa of Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, Tamale, added his voice by saying that, Non-governmental organization, religious groups and other civil society organizations are working with government with the backing of UNICEF and other international organizations to address the issue of child violence and abuse.
He said since the time of the signing of the convention on the right of the child Ghana has come a long way and is making progress in child protection and institutionalization of rights in the northern region and the country at large.
”As a nation, we have made progress in some fronts including sending the girl child to school, fighting female genital mutilation, improving gender ratios in schools among others, Mr. stated
On the other hand Mr. William said amid the recent encouraging performance by the country, Ghana and African at large continue to face many challenges as far as the protection of rights are concerned, and it is one of the reasons why the Christian children’s fund of Canada and partners are focusing on ensuring that children have the and can aspire to achieve their dreams.
”Ghana and African continue to face many challenges as far as the protection of rights are concerned, and that is one of the reasons why the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada and partners are doing all they can to help make the dreams of every child come to a reality” He added.
He has however underscored the need for parents to support the fight for the rights of children and explained that it is a worthy course hence they should assist by helping Government to remove all negative cultural and traditional practices from the communities in which these children live.