Children experience insidious forms of violence, exploitation and abuse. It happens in every country, and in the places children should be most protected – their homes, schools and online. Violence against children can be physical, emotional or sexual. And in many cases, children suffer at the hands of the people they trust.

Children in humanitarian settings are especially vulnerable. During armed conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies, children may be forced to flee their homes, some torn from their families and exposed to exploitation and abuse along the way. They risk injury and death. They may be recruited by armed forces. Especially for girls and women, the threat of gender-based violence soars.

Harmful cultural practices pose another grave risk in various parts of the world. Hundreds of millions of girls have been subjected to child marriage and female genital mutilation – even though both are internationally recognized human rights violations.

No matter the circumstance, every child has the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse. Child protection systems connect children to vital social services and fair justice systems – starting at birth. They provide care to the most vulnerable, including children uprooted by conflict, poverty and disaster; victims of child labour or trafficking; and those who live with disabilities or in alternative care. 

Protecting children’s rights is crucial to their survival, health and well-being, yet millions of children remain at risk of violence, exploitation and abuse and harmful practices.

ASDEPO is implementing CP projects integrated with GBV; As GBV services are severely lacking in humanitarian responses. ASDEPO and other frontline agencies provide lifesaving services to support survivors of CP, including services through child friendly spaces, case management and referrals, psychosocial support, and staff capacity building on CP and awareness rising on child protection to access services without fear of violence or intimidation.

ASDEPO is working to respond and reduce children violence, supports programmes in three regions and in over 18 woredas of different region integrated with GBV.

Regions including Tigray and Afar are experiencing extremely high rates of sexual violence of children’s, women and girls, especially as they have flee conflict zones and arrive into IDP camps or host communities. ASDEPO’s GBV/CP project aims to contribute to a substantial reduction of GBV and child protection issues, and is focused in the area of hard to reach areas/district of Afar, Tigary and Borena.