The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: UNICEF Commits U.S.$4.9 Million for Child Protection

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Liberia have signed the 2013 annual work plan worth US$4.9 million to be used for the child protection program. The Ministers of Justice, Gender, Education, Youth and Sports, and Planning signed the work plan yesterday to get the ball rolling in saving children throughout the country to protect them from conditions that could affect their future.

The child protection program is aimed at ensuring a safe and protective environment for the most vulnerable children, adolescents, and young people through the provision of quality essential social services and social safety nets. It also aims to improve access to gender-sensitive and age-appropriate justice and protection systems for children, adolescents and young people, especiallythe most vulnerable.

The Country representative for UNICEF, Isabel Crowley said that the work plan components and actions are geared towards strengthening the child protection system in a holistic and sustainable manner, to address the significant challenges facing Liberian children, families and communities, in particular violence against children, including sexual and gender based violence and abuse, separation and care for children.

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