In line with its the theme for 2017 for Sustainable Development Goals, UNICEF has called an urgent attention and action to ensure the Child Rights Act is adopted across all states of the Federal republic of Nigeria.
Several millions of children in Nigeria suffer some form of physical, emotional or sexual violence. Following the 2014 survey by the National Population Commission, with support from UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 of 10 Nigerian children experience at least one of these forms of violence before they reach 18.
Following the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal to end all forms of violence against children by 2030, Nigeria has launched a Campaign to End Violence Against Children by 2030, which reinforces the Presidential call to end such violence first made in September 2015. Since 2015, Lagos, Cross River, Benue and Plateau States have launched state-wide campaigns. The Federal Capital Territory and Kano states will mark Nigerian Children’s Day today by launching their own campaigns to end violence against children and Gombe State will launch its campaign on 7 June.