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Protecting children in Africa from (sexual) violence during the pandemic
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2021, we will discuss the surge of physical and sexual violence against women, girls and their children. Children’s exposure to increased protection risks has been heightened by the global COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and worldwide.

We will highlight proven solutions for child protection measures in the African context and discuss the potential of the One Stop Centre model, in helping address violence against girls, boys and young women. Most of the mitigating measures adopted by many countries to address the pandemic have resulted in disruptions to the everyday routines, environment and safety of children. The One Stop Centre model as an intervention tool has been proven to be among the most effective response measures in the area of child protection. In 2015 the renowned Future Policy Award awarded Zanzibar’s Children’s Act with its comprehensive child protection system.


Dr. Nkatha Murungi, Assistant Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Senior Lecturer - Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and WFC Councillor (confirmed)

Bashiratu Kamal, Gender and Labour Specialist, Ghana (confirmed)

Mkasi Abdallah Rajab, Principal Child Protection Officer, Ministry of Health, Social Welfare, Elders, Gender and Children, Zanzibar (confirmed)

Halima Salum, Former Deputy Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health, Zanzibar (invited)

Prof. Ebenezer Badoe, Paediatric Neurologist, Child Protection Specialist, Korle-Bu Teaching hospital (confirmed)

Abena Aprekua Bedu-Aboagye, Principal Programme Officer, Child Protection, Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, Ghana (confirmed)

Moderator: Ramana Shareef – WFC Consultant, Media and Communication for Development Specialist
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