Child Protection Systems Matter in Africa: Awa's Story from Senegal
Awa, from Senegal, was 16 when she was raped and got pregnant. She was abandoned by her family. She ran away as her parents wanted to marry her without her consent. She moved to the capital city where she was abused by her own relatives.,/p>
Then, what happened to her? Find out how social workers, community volunteers, health staff, justice servants and police officers collaborated with each other to help Awa more effectively. Listen to Daniela Luciani, UNICEF Protection Specialist in Senegal, on how this 'children protection system' made a difference to her life.
Awa is ok now. But how many other girls and boys across the African continent are still at risk of being exploited, abused or exposed to violence? They won't be safe unless stronger child protection systems are built in africa. This is the reason why Awa’s story is shared today with 300 child protection practitioners from all over Africa being currently gathered in Dakar, Senegal.