The Vice President, zone E of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Ruth Absolom, has called on all well-meaning Nigerians to protect the rights of children, especially with increase in the reported rape cases across the country.
In a statement to commemorate the Day of the African Child, Absolom condemned the raping of especially children, and said NAWOJ would always stand against all the forms of injustice and violence against women and other vulnerable groups.
She appealed to the state governors, particularly those in the North East, to domesticate the Child Right’s act for the overall protection of children against all forms of social violence and abuse.
NAWOJ VP further reiterated the commitment of the association to always use the Day of the African Child and similar occasions to campaign against injustice.
The Day of the African Child was initiated by the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on the June 16, 1991, to honour victims of the 1976 Soweto Massacre in South Africa.
The theme for this year’s celebration is access to a Child friendly justice system in Africa.