Child Protection

Issue overview

Unicef in action

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Unicef in action

© Unicef Burkina Faso/2006/Tarpilga C.
Working without respite for a better protection of the children

Creating a strong partnership for the protection of children

Children are entitled to an environment that guarantees their protection from all forms of violence. UNICEF is committed to fostering the growth of this environment, which will enable children to thrive, while fully respecting their rights.

This goal can only be achieved through the engagement of all partners in the promotion of the rights of the child. Government in particular has to be fully involved, and so the first task has been to join hands with other partners to lobby the political leaders for financial and other resources to:

- Apply the provisions of the Convention on the Right of the Child

- Provide particular protection to vulnerable children

- Reduce gender inequities 

- Contribute to ensuring sustainable human development and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Recognizing the centrality of the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the other legal documents in the fight for child protection (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination  against Women, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Persons and the family Code), UNICEF organizes training sessions on these conventions aimed at informing and sensitizing families and communities.

Convincing results

As a result of these activities there have been major gains in the fight for protection of children.

Birth registration

In 2006, birth registration has increased: 210,987 birth certificates were issued (with UNICEF providing the resources for 101,772 of these). UNICEF has supported national policy development and planning, and is in the forefront of advocacy efforts   

The battle against the worst forms of child labor and child trafficking

-         555 children (412 boys and 143 girls), among whom were 124 victims of cross-border child trafficking, were intercepted and returned to their respective families.

-         5 child trafficker networks were dismantled and13 other child traffickers were arrested.

-         196 child victims were apprenticed in various workshops where they learn auto mechanics, sewing and soldering.  School aged children, or those whose education had been interrupted, were allowed to return to school.

-         36 girls who had been trafficked by one of the country’s major suppliers of child labour have been rehabilitated and returned to their families.

-          50 children working as gold washers in the Sahel region were removed and rehabilitated. With the approval of their parents and the support of the authorities, they have all been allowed to have some education; some by going to after-school programmes and others to vocational training.

Support to decentralization

The government has engaged in a process of devolving power and resources from national level to local communities.

The support to decentralization in three test communities has led to improvement in  the lives of women and children who now have increased access to basic social services. This positive result has led other partners to pledge their support to the decentralization concept in other communities.

At the national level, the programme has contributed to capacity building, to the formulation of guidelines on the rights of women, and to legislative reform, including a consideration by the government of the idea of free birth registration.




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