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Prioritise Protection of Children’s Rights
11/07/16
Prioritize Protection of Children’s Rights The Day of the African Child was held in the village of Mookane where Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Botlogile Tshireletso took to the podium to address multitudes on issues affecting children.

Prioritize Protection of Children’s Rights

The Day of the African Child was held in the village of Mookane where Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Botlogile Tshireletso took to the podium to address multitudes on issues affecting children.

The occasion presented a platform to reflect on issues affecting children in Botswana and Africa as a whole. Minister Tshireletso highlighted the day is usually celebrated on the 16 of June but was moved to make way for public officers to take part in the Public Service  Day celebrations that were in full swing on the 16th.

One of the key objectives of the day is to reflect on progress made and challenges encountered in the work towards full recognition of the rights of children. Tshireletso added that this is done because children are the future leaders, hope for future development agenda and a very important group in the society.She said internal conflicts of gender based violence have now painted the home as a not so safe place for children anymore as children particularly the girl child has to suffer the horrific and devastating crimes that have plagued our country.

Because violence is now deeply rooted in our lives, children now faces threats of harassment, battering and sexual assaults. She said it was disheartening that most of these incidences still go unreported which only worsens the situation. The theme for the 2016 Day of the African Child is, “Conflict and crises in Africa: Protecting all children’s rights,” we need to understand that all children’s rights in the continent must be protected and prioritized.

Evidence has it that children are the most vulnerable segment of the population and are negatively affected by conflicts,” Because of this negative impact on children, the African Union has committed itself to promoting peace, security, stability, democracy, good governance, respect for rule of law and human rights, all in the best interest of the child.

Government through Vision Pillar of a Safe and Secure Nation is committed to elimination of violation of human rights. “To ensure enjoyment of rights by children, Government through the Children’s Act of 2009 made provisions for coordination structures such as National Children’s Council; Child Protection Committees at local level and the children’s Consultative Forums which facilitate child and community participation in protecting children at all levels,” Ms Tshireletso added.

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