Child protection

Improved and equitable prevention of and response to exploitation of and violence against children in targeted provinces.

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Challenges

41.2 per cent

One of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, 41.2 per cent of girls aged 20-24 report having been married before the age of 18, and 12 per cent before the age of 15.

1 in 4

Almost 1 in 4 – 23 per cent – children aged 5 to 17 are involved in economic activity, including prostitution.

9 / 10

Almost 9 out of 10 adolescents report having been victims of corporal punishment at home.

Tolerance of violence and exploitation within families, reporting rates are low and prosecution of perpetrators of violence against children inadequate, as is the prevention of violence, and provision of care and treatment for victims.

UNICEF programme

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Child protection system strengthening

Legal and policy framework, protection mechanisms, coordination (National Child Protection Committee, child protection networks at decentralised level, minimum package of services, integrated support centres for child victims of sexual violence (called “Centres Vonjy”), data collection, justice for children , birth registration.

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Reduction of violence against children

Prevention through community awareness raising and reinforcement of knowledge, capacity and resilience of children in their communities and in their schools, reporting mechanisms, support services for victims.

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Reduction of exploitation of children

Collaboration with tourism industry, actions to protect children against online abuse and exploitation, child labour

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Ending child marriage

Development and implementation of National Strategy against child marriage.

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Child protection in emergencies

Sub-cluster child protection, contingency plans, preparation and response (child friendly spaces, capacity development, CASH+)