End Violence Against Children

The Global Partnership and Fund

Building an African Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Susan Bissell, Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and Theophane Nikyema, Executive Director of the African Child Policy Forum have signed a joint agreement to work together in supporting the establishment of an African Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

 

The agreement was signed after an initial multi-stakeholder meeting on in Addis Ababa on September 29th - 30th 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from 32 countries from Africa and beyond to discuss the efforts to end violence against children in Africa. Representatives from the African Union Commission, governments’ representatives, regional economic communities, international agencies, academia, and regional as well as international civil society organizations attended the consultation.

 

Despite years of efforts to combat violence against children, and notwithstanding the huge progress made, it still remains a major challenge in Africa today. To address the underlying causes adequately, the participants agreed upon the establishment of an African Partnership to End Violence against Children.

 

The aim of the African Partnership is to provide a continental collective and multi-sectorial platform to address the issue of ending violence against children comprehensively. The African Partnership will complement the regional and national efforts of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

 

Highlighting about the importance of the move, Mr. Nikyema, said, "Ending violence against children is a priority like no other. It's about safe childhood and societal continuity." 

 

The joint agreement represents a valuable step towards ending violence against children in Africa and comes in the same week that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari launched a campaign to end violence against Nigeria's children by 2030.