AU to launch child protection campaign

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (A.U.) on May 29 will launch a continent-wide campaign aimed at encouraging the public to protect children and end the phenomenon of child marriage.

"The campaign will be launched to mobilize the public in all A.U. member states towards the same goal," Olawale Maiyegun, director of the A.U.'s department for social affairs, told Anadolu Agency on Monday on the sidelines of the 4th session of the A.U. Conference of Ministers of Social Development (CAMSD4).

Statistics indicate that girls in Africa are frequently exposed to early marriage and fistula, according to Maiyegun.

"Mobilizing the public at a national level in all A.U. member states will be carried out to end these phenomena," he said.

Themed "Strengthening the African Family for Inclusive Development in Africa," the conference, scheduled to run until May 30, will focus on child marriage and child protection, along with strategies for protecting the rights of African children with disabilities.

The event will also tackle challenges facing the African child and the benefits of – and need for – social protection policies with a view to safeguarding children's rights.

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