A new report from the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) launched in Addis on 19th September, 2014 reveals that Africa’s children are still subjected to levels of physical and emotional violence, some with alarming proportions, despite more than a decade of efforts by governments.
The African Report on Violence against Children constitutes the most comprehensive study to date of the phenomenon in Africa and lays down the priorities for action at various levels that will be required to achieve better protection of children. The report was commissioned at the 15th Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in 2010 to follow up on the UN Study on violence against children, to provide a detailed perspective on the situation in Africa.
The report’s findings are principally informed by large scale surveys undertaken in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and a review of more than 75 studies and reports. It reveals that a distinctive range of social, cultural and economic factors can combine to increase the risk of African children facing increased levels of physical and emotional violence in domestic settings, at schools, in institutions and in the workplace. These risks may be exacerbated in times of political upheaval and conflict, and girls are particularly vulnerable.