Tanzania launches report on violence against children

Asha-Rose Migiro

Tanzania has made history by becoming the first African country to release a study on the extent of all forms of violence against girls and boys in the country.

Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Asha Rose Migiro has hailed the study as a breakthrough that shows how much Tanzania values the protection of children from violence.

The statistics cover sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Violence in schools is particularly high with one in ten girls falling prey to sexual violence at the hands of their teachers.

Ms. Migiro says the numbers are troubling but compiling them is essential to stopping the problem.

"We have to remember that the youth makes up half of the population in Tanzania. They are our greatest national treasure. They are – quite literally – our future. If we protect and nurture our children, with patience and love, so we will be sure to build a nation which will stand for everyone's rights and prosperity. The elders said that today's children are the leaders of tomorrow. So let us invest in them today for a better tomorrow."

Migiro says policies are important, but real progress comes when peoples' mindsets change.

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