Violence against children

Every day, everywhere, children become victims of violence. Violence comes in various forms and takes place in different settings including the home, school, community and over the internet. It can take the form of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation, and sexual abuse. Justice for children who are victims of violence, victims of child abuse, is rarely served, because children are often unable to speak up for themselves, keeping their abuse secret and failing to seek help. KidsRights focuses mainly on prevention and justice for children that became victims of violence in Liberia. 

 

Liberia and violence against children

Liberia, a country around 3 times the size of the Netherlands, is recovering from a 14 years lasting civil war and a recent Ebola crisis. More than half of Liberia’s population is below 18 and almost half of these children have experienced physical violence by the age of 15. 

Even though Liberia has accepted several laws to protect the rights of children, among which the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and a national Children’s Law, the daily reality show that these laws are not always carried out.

 

What does KidsRights do?

KidsRights works together with local partners to fight against violence against children through research, action and advocacy

In 2015 Abraham M. Keita from Liberia won the International Children’s Peace Prize for his efforts to fight for justice for children who are victims of violence. To support Keita in his fight for these children, KidsRights invests in projects related to violence against children in Liberia. 

KidsRights also published a report on this theme: The Silent Majority, Justice for child victims of violence, with a focus on Liberia. In the report you can find more background information and figures.   
 

Our projects on violence against children

Awareness via social media

Awareness via social media

YOCEL supports and educates children how to run social media campaigns to create awareness about prevention of violence against children. Children helping children!
Preventing sexual violence

Preventing sexual violence

SEARCH supports the implementation of the Children’s Law through creating the most occurring form of violence in Liberia, sexual violence against girls.
Child Help Desks

Child Help Desks

ANPPCAN will set up Child Help Desks to improve access to justice for children in Liberia. They will also train Child Help Desk officers as well as other stakeholders.
Justice for child victims

Justice for child victims

This project focuses on justice for children who became victims of violence. To strengthen the justice system DCI-Liberia will provide training and guidance.