The Kingdom of Morocco has made a lot of progress in protecting children with positive indicators in key areas such as health or education. However, there are challenges to be faced in relation to violence against children, the Spanish non-governmental organization AIDA said in its presentation of the results of its project. REDIP “.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against children has increased, especially the exposure of children to online violence and domestic violence, the NGO said.
Based on data from the Ministry of Public Administration, the NGO revealed that in 2019, 6,172 court cases related to violence against children were recorded, mainly in the cities of Fez and Meknes, of which the number of recorded cases of violence reached almost 700 children.
The project launched in January 2020 and implemented by the Moroccan association “AMANE in partnership with the Spanish NGO AIDA and with the financial support of the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation” REDIP: Strengthening the response of the integrated system of protection against sexual violence in the cities of Fez and Meknes aims to contribute to the fight against gender-based violence against girls and adolescents in these two cities.
The Spanish NGO, which ended in July 2022, revealed that the project produced positive results and successful solutions. This is the implementation of a national study within the REDIP project with the aim of better understanding the current situation of gender-based violence in Morocco, the causes of the persistence of this violence and its consequences on the lives of children.
This study, the same source continues, revealed that sexual violence accounts for a quarter of violence suffered (25.3%) and affects girls (61%) far more than boys (39%).
” This explains why gender stereotypes are mainly based on traditions and patriarchal culture, which contribute to the fact that violence against children is considered socially accepted educational methods. “, the non-governmental organization explains in its press release announcing the results of the project.
The REDIP project also made it possible to build the capacity of actors in the child protection system to detect and manage cases of sexual violence against girls and adolescents so that they have the opportunity to have a better future.
In the cities of Fez and Meknes, 64 actors who belong to civil society, as well as representatives of various advanced AIDA institutions, were trained, in addition to legal, social, psychological and medical care for more than 138 child victims of violence.
Awareness being an important tool to demystify taboos, the NGO revealed that 257 children and 125 parents learned about the prevention and detection of sexual violence through 36 trainings/educational meetings and educational projects created with young university students (plays, video animations). , exhibition of paintings, wall drawings, etc.).
An online platform aimed at children aged 9 to 15, the so-called Youth area, was also created within the project. It offers fun activities in Arabic and French tailored to young people’s interests in learning to recognize the signs of violence (online, at school, etc.), know how and to whom to talk about it, and protect themselves.
And finally the launch of the digital campaign “ KAFA 3onfane didda al-atfal » made it possible to raise awareness among more than 500,000 people aged 18 to 64 about the dangers of violence against children and about the systems that the state and associations have put in place to support and combat child victims and their families. the effects of violence on the development of children and the development of society.
” Personalities from various backgrounds (actors, musicians, politicians and journalists) did not hesitate to support the campaign, such as Samia Akariou, Groupe Lazywall, Jihane Bougrine, Abdessamad El Horfi, Hamid El Hadri, Soufiane Nhass, Amina Maelainine or even Hamid Bouchnak concluded the non-governmental organization AIDA.