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Launching Child Protection Week

UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
Children are celebrated at the launch of Child Protection Week in Langa, Cape Town.

Cape Town, 24 May 2017 - Despite a child-friendly justice and protection system, South Africa continues to experience high levels of violence against children. Child Protection Week – commemorated annually in the last week of May - is thus of particular significance to UNICEF South Africa.

In light of this, UNICEF South Africa Country Representative, Herve de Lys, was invited by the Department of Social Development (DSD) to address the launch of Child Protection Week. 

UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
UNICEF Country Representative Herve de Lys, addresses the launch of Child Protection Week in Langa, Cape Town.

On a windy Sunday afternoon, in the township of Langa, in Cape Town, Mr de Lys addressed a community gathering of over 2000, mostly children. Reminding the audience that “our future is shaped by how we support the children of today”, the UNICEF Representative encouraged community members themselves to be vigilant and proactive.

The launch programme included performances of song, poetry and dance, all of which depicted the need to stand up against the crimes being perpetrated towards society’s most vulnerable, namely, its children. The Week concluded in an outreach event in Lusikisi in the Eastern Cape at which UNICEF was also represented.

Representing government, the Minister of Home Affairs, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, elaborated on the programmes of government that are currently underway, some of them with UNICEF support, to safeguard children.

In his conclusion, Herve de Lys reminded the audience that “while the challenges are real, so are the opportunities for all of us to make a difference”. 





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