The National Gender and Equality Commission has decried rising cases of violence, harm, exploitation, neglect, trafficking and abuse of children.
According to a report by the National Crime Research Centre 2020, there was a 205.6 percent increase in the total number of cases of violations of children’s rights between 2017 and 2019.
The report indicates that defilement, child neglect, child custody and child abandonment are the most common forms of violations facing children in Kenya.
Commission Chairperson Dr. Joyce M. Mutinda says a national consultative meeting convened by the Commission in July 2020 found that pressures from COVID-19 containment measures contributed to an increase in the number of children forced to engage in labour to support their families.
“Such actions often contribute to a child’s vulnerability including sexual violation. This meeting noted that online child abuse is an increasingly emerging phenomenon in rural Kenya. Further, the extent of participation of children on issues that affect them is less documented,” She said.
- By KNA