The EU’s Hjordis Ogendo lauded the commitment shown by the government, communities and non-governmental organisations in ending child violence in Kenya.
“So far, there are significant in-roads in ending violence against children, the European Union as an organisation will not hesitate in supporting all parties interested in ending this vice,” she said during the Violence Against Children (VAC) Visibility Day on 23 November in Nairobi.
The event was attended representatives of Plan International Kenya, the Judiciary and Department of Children Services.
“The right of the child is our responsibility,” said Teresia Matheka, from the Judiciary while highlighting judicial reforms implemented.
She said there is an ongoing process of establishing at least one children’s court in every county to handle cases.
Luvuno Bakari, one of Plan International Kenya girl’s advocates, urged the government and other stakeholders to integrate their efforts in raising awareness about the girl child education.
“It is only through concrete concerted efforts that the war against sexual violence meted on the girl will be won.”
The Kenya Children Assembly President Evance Omondi observed that violence against children is a major reason for school dropouts in the country.
During the event, Plan International Kenya was recognised for its Vurugu Mapper and Beacon Teacher initiatives. In addition, its integrated approach to child protection against violence in Kenya was also praised.
Speakers emphasised the importance of protecting children against harmful activities.
Christopher Khaemba, the Nairobi County Committee Executive Member, commended teachers for being on the forefront of ensuring children safety. He said that Nairobi County is in the process of establishing 90 Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in the informal settlements.
Eliminate all forms of violence
Plan International Kenya is one of 3 non-governmental organisations running a 4-year European Union funded project that aims to eliminate all forms of violence against children in Kenya by supporting the implementation of the National Child Protection System.
The project is aimed to benefit some 13,000 children. Other partners include Childline Kenya, Gender Violence Recovery Centre and the Teachers Service Commission.
The project is being implemented in Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu counties.