UNICEF CALLS FOR SPEEDY REGULATION ON CHILDREN’S PROTECTION IN NAMIBIA

WINDHOEK-- The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Representative in Namibia, Rachel Odede, has called for the speedy regulation of the country's 2015 Child Care and Protection Act.

The representative said this in a statement issued here Monday following the mutilation and murder of a nine-year-old girl from Windhoek which occurred on Aug 28.

"Unicef is devastated by the heart-breaking story of the mutilation and murder of nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha from Windhoek's Katutura township. We condemn this attack and extend our heartfelt condolence to Cheryl's family," she said.

Namibia's Child Care and Protection Bill was passed in the National Assembly on March 4, 2015, and provides a legislative framework to give effect to some rights of children.

Odede said the recent brutal act reminds the nation that many of the children in Namibia continue to experience acts of violence in their communities.

"Across different social and economic strata of Namibia, all children should live in a protective environment, one that safeguards them from abuse and exploitation," she said.

According to Odede, Unicef remains fully committed to support the relevant organizations in Namibia which provide support to communities affected by violence against children, and to ensure that mechanisms are in place to address and avert such crimes.

Meanwhile the UN agency has welcomed the National Safe Schools Framework which will be launched this month. The framework is aimed at setting guidelines for safer school environments and it identifies seven standards to help Namibian schools create favourable teaching and learning environments.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK