Activism campaign against sexual and gender-based violence and child protectionMore than 4,700 children have participated in activities aimed at promoting child protection in refugee camps in Burkina Faso. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) contributes to ending sexual and gender-based violence by working with refugee and host communities.
A 16-day activism campaign in favour of children’s protection and their right to education was organised by DRC last year. Children were at the centre of the campaign and 3,144 of them took part in the recreational and musical activities, fora theatres and the fair. Boys and girls were equally represented in the project.
Another part of the project was organised to sensitize parents and communities on child protection and more specifically on the fight against sexual and gender-based violence and the promotion of girls’ right to education. These activities reached 1,594 children. In total 4,738 persons from both refugee and host communities have taken part in this sensitization campaign organized in the refugee camps.
Olivier Bassinga, who was the DRC education programme manager, in charge of organizing this campaign, said he was “impressed by the artistical talent of the musical troop” and he found that “this is a great transmission channel for sensitizations and is very much appreciated by children”.
The child protection project, funded by UNICEF over a 7-month period, aims at contributing to the respect and protection of children’s rights through diverse activities of sensitization and coordination with other humanitarian partners intervening in the Sahel Region.
In a context characterized by numerous human rights violations, especially towards children, DRC has implemented programmes since 2013 to strengthen a community-based child protection system put in place to enhance the resilience of communities living in the Sahel region. DRC coordinates with the different actors in the region around and through the Child Protection Working Group.
Since 2012, the Malian crisis has caused thousands of families to find refuge in Burkina Faso. Most of them are concentrated in the Sahel region, situated in the north of Burkina Faso, near the Malian border. As of October 1st, 2017, according to the UNHCR, there are 24,083 refugees living in Burkina Faso – 7,576 of which are in Goudebou camp (Seno), 6,103 in Mentao camp (Soum) and 9,926 have settled among local communities of the Sahel region.