In Niger, more than 80 per cent of children have experienced violent discipline, just six in 10 children have a birth certificate and 28 per cent of girls are married before 15 (76 per cent before 18).
Adolescents, particularly teenage mothers and children with special needs, do not receive services adapted to their needs. Niger has enacted major laws, policies and strategies to combat gender-based violence and promote gender equality, but competing customary, religious and national laws result in ambiguities for rights holders and duty bearers.
Child migration is an emerging issue as Niger is mainly known as a transit country for migratory flows from West Africa towards Libya and Algeria and, to a lesser extent, to Europe. The country is facing the challenge of mixed migration movements, displaced children, refugees and unaccompanied children.
There is a lack of data on minors in contact with the law and street children, and only unreliable information about children on the move. In Niger, the child protection system lacks quality services. Extremely low government funding (0.16 per cent of the approved budget in 2016) and weak coordination mechanisms between the social welfare and justice sectors undermine the ability of service providers to prevent and respond to cases of violence, exploitation and abuse.