Children from the Tolon District in the Northern Region have petitioned government to provide them adequate security against all forms of abuses including; child trafficking and early marriage.
Speaking on behalf of children nationwide, they indicated that most children and young girls still lived in fear and faced various human rights violations in the country, including; rape, kidnapping, defilement, trafficking, child prostitution, child labour, especially in mining areas, kayaye, and early child marriages.
They appealed to government to address the increasing crime and inhuman treatment meted out to innocent children.
Dr Peter Ndowie, the Director of the pan African Organisation who led the children with his team, to present the petition to the District Chief Executive, said violence against children affected their education as they dropped out of school early thereby increasing the illiteracy rate among children, especially girls across the country.
He stated that there was discrimination against women and young girls in society as result of outmoded traditions and harmful cultural practices and needed redress.
Major (Rtd) Sulemana Mahama Abubakari, Chief of Tolon, pledged support for the protection of children, especially in the Tolon District and promised to work in collaboration with stakeholders to promote child education.
The petition was signed by Tolon Irishadiya E/A Primary School, Sabegu M/A Primary School, Dimabi D/A Primary and JHS school and Kasuliyili D/A JHS School.