Ahead of the World Day UNICEF has called on all stakeholders and Nigerians to put an end to all forms of violence against children.
UNICEF made this call Thursday in Akwanga at a two – day media workshop with media to end violence against children.
The workshop which was tagged Time for Action; Together Let’s End Violence Against Children was organised by UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Information to take action to end all forms of violence against the Nigerian child.
The permanent secetary of the ministry of information, Mrs Folashade Esan who represented by an Assistant Director, Mrs Mercy Megwa said that the objective was to fight the sourge of violence against children by reducing it to the bearest minimum.
UNICEF, Child Protection Specialist, Sharon Oladiji urged the media to have a vision to end violence against children by creating change in the minds of people.
She said, “ the objective of the workshop is that we would be more committed to protecting Nigeria’s children by coverage of issues of violence against children from a most child- friendly angle, reporting issues of VAC with emphaty, and consciously drawing the attention of the affected children where they can achieve care among other things.
Geoffery Njoku, UNICEF External Relations Officer in a presetation said on ethics of reporting VAC said that although violence against childre is perpetrated by parents, family, community members, people of power and status and other sectors of the society, he urged journalists not to harm abused children but to give them a voice, accord the dignity of the child and seek consent of parents before reporting for the best interest of the child.
The National Population represetative, Mrs Ngozi Nwagbo who presented the survey statistics on VAC disclosed that in Nigeria is the 9th country in the world to conduct survey on VAC and the first West African country to do so.

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