UNICEF, partners urge Ghanaians to rise against child abuse

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Child abuse

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners on Tuesday urged Ghanaians to fight child abuse and work for a violence-free future for children and adolescents in Ghana.

The UN agency made the call in a release issued in Accra to mark the first anniversary of the launch of a nationwide drive, Ghanaians Against Child Abuse (GACA).

With the ultimate goal is to promote the well-being of children, prevent abuse and protect children from harm, the GACA campaign seeks to reduce the acceptance of social practices that have negative consequences on children.

The campaign also mobilizes the critical mass of people to positively influence social norms and promote the adoption of behaviors favorable to the protection of children and adolescents.

More than 5 million people have been reached with campaign messages, with over 2 million of the audience reached via the GACA digital platforms, and over 3 million others engaged through community mobile theaters and dialogues, including offline visibility via messages on billboards, across Ghana.

“We are encouraged by the commitment and the wonderful stories and testimonials resulting from the campaign. With the communities and the partners, we look forward to further reducing the incidence of violence against children in the coming years,” Anne-Claire Dufray, UNICEF representative in Ghana, said in the release.

In Ghana, more than 90 percent of children have reportedly experienced some form of violence, either in their residence or school environment, according to a Child Protection System report issued in 2011 by Mapping and Analysis of Ghana. Enditem

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