A non-governmental organization, Defense for Children International-Liberia (DCI), has disclosed plans to reduce violence against children across the country.
Foday M. Kawah, Executive Director of DCI-Liberia, announced the decision on Friday at a one-day stakeholders and youth seminar on child protection held at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Monrovia.
He said the seminar focused on children in travel and tourism, which the organization believes will be helpful for the protection of children in Liberia.
“This year is a crucial year to influence decision makers in all sectors to reinforce the campaign to end violence against children. We will frame-up our strategies and messages to ensure that children live free from sexual exploitation in Liberia,” Director Kawah said.
Achieving such a goal, he said, would require sustained and targeted advocacy, including mobilization of the public.
Mr. Kawah said DCI-Liberia believes that it is important to ensure that state actors follow through on their international pledges to end the sexual exploitation of children.
“This seminar is in the best interest of children in Liberia. 2016 provides DCI-Liberia and ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) major opportunities to come together as a network with partners to end commercial sexual exploitation of children,” he said.
Kawah said his organization will be collaborating with ECPAT during the planned campaign to end violence against children.
In the first half of 2016 initial activities marking the campaign to end violence against children “will be the launch of the global study on sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.”
“In May 2016, report of the global child forum will be launched. This year will be the first year of the Sustainable Development Goal, through which the international community has committed to eradicate sexual exploitation of children,” said Kawa.