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Protecting children against abuse and neglect remains a daunting task in Liberia. Liberia has a rather youthful population with 60 per cent below 25. And for the West African Nation to live up to its democratic and human right creed, it has an obligation to protect children from danger and provide them enabling environment that would lead to realization of their true potentials.
This presentation will examine violence against children and what must be done to prevent and respond to such violence in Liberia.
Social practices, harmful cultural practices, lapses in the social protection system inadequate information on the rights of children are fueling child labor, child trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse, rape, early and forced marriage, physical violence, abandonment, discrimination and denial of formal education for children.
While Liberia is a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and a signatory to the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and has a domestic Children Law; the harsh reality is not favorable especially relating to enforcement and monitoring.
The presentation will suggest ways through which to improve and expand on the evidence of violence against children in Liberia, and ways through which such violence can be curtailed to the barest minimum, thereby enabling children to claim their rights.