On June 16, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with UNICEF, SOS Children’s Villages, Sweden Embassy in Liberia, and Defense for Children International, amongst others, jointly commemorated the Day of the African Child.
A nationwide awareness campaign to combat all forms of violence against children in Liberia was launched on #DAC2023. The campaign under the theme “Liberia Stand Up End Violence Against Women and Children”. We must Stand Up to #End Violence Against #Women and Children.
SOS Children’s Villages in Liberia acknowledge and appreciate the ongoing steps being taken toward the protection of children in Liberia. For example, the establishment of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), the enactment of the Children’s Law (2011), the Women and Children Protection Section (WACPS) of the Liberian National Police(LNP), the Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Unit and the prosecution of rapists amongst others.
Amid these developments, there are instances of child rights violations contrary to the best interest of the child as mandated by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and other international Instruments.
“We urge the government to take greater responsibility in protecting all children including those with special needs. Generally, the government should create a safe environment for EVERY child,” Prosper Ndione, National Director, SOS Children’s Villages in Liberia.
SOS Children’s Villages is determined and committed to ensuring full respect and adherence to the protection and promotion of children’s rights in Liberia. We have partnered and will continue to partner with the government for the best interest of EVERY child. Together, we all can create, “A loving home for every child”.