During the 16 Days of Activism, we joined Dwona Initiative for the #LetArtBeMyVoice Campaign to hold conversations and reflect around creative ways of involving young people to be aware of violence against women and girls, their role in responding and preventing it & how they can be human rights defenders.
The purpose was to meaningfully involve young people and get them to the forefront of responding and preventing violence against Girls in their communities. Ending gender-based violence is possible but we must be intentional about creating opportunities for young girls and boys to be part of the solution.
Violence against children includes all forms of violence against people under 18 years old, whether perpetrated by parents or other caregivers, peers, romantic partners, or strangers.
Experiencing violence in childhood impacts lifelong health and well-being of children and therefore its very important to educate them about the dangers and how to report cases of violence in their communities.
Violence against children can be prevented. Preventing and responding to violence against children requires that efforts systematically address risk and protective factors at all four interrelated levels of risk (individual, relationship, community, society).
This is why this campaign ran through schools and communities directly involving children, students, parents, local leaders and law enforcement officers. Identifying the common types of violence, causes of violence and how to report to authorities so that the perpetrators of violence are brought to book. There is power in working together to address issues affecting young people.