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?
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.