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Gender Based Violence an impediment to a child friendly, quality, free, and compulsory education for all children in Africa

Padare/Enkundleni/Men’s Forum on Gender (Padare) joins the rest of the continent in celebrating the Day of the African Child.

The annual celebrations which are held on June 16 since 1991 honour and acknowledge the heroic actions of hundreds of mostly young boys and girls who sacrificed, some with their own lives, for a better future by going into the streets of SOWETO demonstrating for quality education.

Padare notes with concern that 34 years into our independence, a significant number of young boys and girls are still facing challenges in accessing quality education as a result of gender based violence coming from their homes, their communities and even from their schools.

Sexual violence has become pervasive, with young boys and young girls at times unwittingly engaging in sexual activity without fully comprehending the consequences of their actions. Others are out rightly forced into sexually activity, either by their peers or by other people who are older than they are. Such practices provide obstacles to the enjoyment of the children’s education.

As we commemorate this day let’s remember to take action against gender based violence in our communities by reporting all incidence to the police and speaking out against the practice.

MEN, let us remember that it is within our power to ensure a “child friendly, quality, free, and compulsory education for all children in Africa”.