Cameroon : Minister Laments Alarming Violation of Children’s Right

Cameroon : Minister Laments Alarming Violation of Children’s Right

Pauline Irene Nguene Heralded The Urgent Need For Actions.

85%  of children between the age  of 1-4 years have experienced psychological aggression or corporal punishment, an average of 80% of children have experienced psychological aggression and 45% have severe corporal punishment be it either slaps or blows on the face, head, ears or hit repeatedly throughout their life time. 47% of children aged 5-17 are used are workers, 11.4% of girls are offered for marriages before the age of 15 and 36% before the age of 18. These are the results of the 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) carried out.

 The Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Irene Nguene, at the opening ceremony of the advocacy meeting with Members of Parliament to strengthen the legal and institutional framework for the protection of children against violence in Cameroon,  in celebrating  the 31st  Edition of the Day of the African Child celebrated under the theme “Protect every child from violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse: A priority for Cameroon Government, pointed out that,  World Health Organization (WHO) records , youth violence as a violence by and against young people and often affecting young people. It can be psychological and verbal (harassment), physical and sexual that can take the form of fighting, sexual harassment, assaults, even murder or homicide.Violence against children can take many forms and can occur in private sphere, at school, within communities or at home.

 It can take the form of forced labour and harmful labour practices, trafficking for forced labour, traditional practices of female genital mutilation, child marriages, virginity tests, breast ironing, killings of so-called witch children and sexual exploitation.

To the Minister, celebrating a day like this, does not only pay tribute to the courageous actions of children in defending their rights, but it is also a fervent call for the community to reflects of the challenges faced by the kids across  Africa in trying to make their voice heard.     

 By Takang Bisong

Leave a comment

Send a Comment

Ce site utilise Akismet pour réduire les indésirables. En savoir plus sur comment les données de vos commentaires sont utilisées.