24 May 2016
Violence against children is prevalent and especially common in our society today. Many of these cases of violence are so difficult to determine because they are most times shielded under the guise of discipline. It is easier to prosecute a case of violence against a child from an outsider, but when the perpetrator is a family member, it can be very dicey.
Child trafficking; forcing a young child to sell or hawk wares on the street, depriving a child of an education, physically beating and hurting a child in the name of discipline are all some of the many violent acts carried out against children.
Domestic violence and emotional violence are also additional methods that greatly affect the mental and physical well being of a child.
This year, the international community has increased its effort to tackle the incidence of violence against children. To that effect, the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Playback Nigeria Initiative have organized a multi-city wide march to end violence against children with the #iMarch4Children campaign.
The March will hold on Children’s Day, May 27th from 8am in various states and locations in the country; from the capital, Abuja, to Lagos, Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Plateau, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Enugu, Gombe, Abia, Rivers and Akwa Ibom.
Various individuals from all walks of life have pledged their support for the March. From social activists, Aisha Yesufu, Daniel Akinlami and Damilola Apotieri who is also the CEO of Playback Nigeria Initiative, to activist/blogger Japheth Omojuwa, comedian Seyi Law, singer Wunmi Obe, actress Annie Idibia, among many others.
For more information on the March, a Whatsapp message can be sent to this number; +2348038288609.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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