Rwanda has launched a campaign that aims at further curbing violence against children and their subjection to labour.
Minister of Gender and Family Promotion Nyirasafari Esperance launched the Campaign dubbed ‘It Takes Every Rwandan to end Child Exploitation’.
“The project is part of a national effort to end violence against children that Rwanda Gender ministry is partnering with World Vision to end Child Exploitation,” the minister said.
She added that the bottom line is, children deserve better. “And that’s why we need you all in this fight.Let’s work together to make sure that children grow up in a happy,healthy,educated,loved and protected.”
Through this campaign, the promise is to tirelessly advocate for an end to child labour and sexual abuse,to highlight it when it occurs and hold those responsible to account, and to support the survivors.
Bishop John Rucyahana, chairperson of the Rwanda Religious Leaders Forum said, “Churches are meant to prevent child exploitation to happen and it’s our commitment to do so”.
He challenged religious leaders, church believers to take part in the fight against Child Exploitation, protecting children against any form of violence.
A research conducted in 2014 by UNICEF showed that Children with disabilities, in particular those with intellectual or psycho-social disabilities, are three to four times more likely to experience physical and sexual violence or neglect.
In 2016, 437,000 children between 5-7 years old (11.4% of total number of children in that age category) were working during the reference period (NIRS Labour Force Survey).
The Minister argued that Children are increasingly exposed to violence through the Internet. They risk coming into contact with illegal or harmful content, including pornography, and content inciting substance abuse, suicide and other forms of self-harm.