The Defense for Children International (DCI-Liberia), an international child rights organization operating in the country, on Monday, February 4, 2013, began a two-day capacity building workshop for 40 children on child rights protection and advocacy.
The 40 children benefiting from the training are drawn from the National Children and Youth Advocacy Board (NCYAB) of Liberia. Speaking at the opening of the training program, which is being held at the head offices of Plan-Liberia in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, the Executive Director of DCI-Liberia, Mr. Foday M. Kawah, urged the participants to ensure that the project yield maximum result in post-conflict Liberia.
He encouraged them to remain firm in holding duty bearers accountable for child rights and demand an end to all forms of abuses against children. According to Mr. Kawah, the children of Liberia are still vulnerable to all forms of violence such as persistent neglect, maltreatment, sexual exploitation and abuse amongst others.
The training is part of a pilot project being implemented by the organization with support from Plan-Liberia under its (Plan-Liberia) Violence Against Children (VAC) project.
The VAC project stems out of a report by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) published in 2006. The report, which focuses on violence against children, established that children and youths suffer from violence mostly at homes, schools, social and educational settings. The report was in keeping with the enforcement of Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC), which among other things calls for the protection of the rights of children from all forms of violence.
The implementation of the pilot project in the country by DCI-Liberia is geared towards strengthening the capacity of a minimum of 40 children from NCYAB. The training focuses on building the capacity of the 40 children on how to advocate at the national level for the protection of children against violence in the country.