Since 2015, World Vision Senegal and the Parliamentarians Network for the Protection of Children Against Violence and Abuse (PEVA) have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the main objectives of which are to support the establishment of adequate legislation and public awareness on the subject of violence against the child.
March 1st marked the official launch of World Vision’s global campaign to end violence against the child “It takes a World to end violence against children. And so it was a key and opportune time for World Vision and PEVA to unite and to renew their commitments to ending violence against children, with a particular emphasis on child marriage.
The deputies expressed their willingness to continue the collaboration and also flagged the real need to reinforce capacities in advocacy, in protection and also on the subject of child marriage. Greater advocacy is at the core of a successful outcome for ending child marriage and PEVA asked to be both trained and implicated with World Vision’s programs so as to be able to support and drive advocacy efforts with greater impact and effect.
World Vision Senegal’s sincere demand to parliamentarians was three fold :
- Support from PEVA during the "It takes a World" campaign, which was officially launched on March 1st globally and will launch in Senegal later this year;
- Members' Commitment to review the age of marriage of girls from 16 to 18;
- Commitment to launching or reinvigorating the parliament of children.
And PEVA’s response was a resounding yes.
Photos Credits: Alexandre Gassama