Since 1988, Delta Sigma Theta chapters have supported UNICEF's education, health and child protection programs in Africa and the Caribbean, with a focus on gender and women's empowerment. Now, UNICEF USA & Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. have launched a strategic national partnership to raise awareness and support for young girls and boys in Africa who are at risk of or have experienced trafficking, exploitation, violence and abuse.
Today, there are 385 million children around the world living in extreme poverty. In Africa, this includes nearly half of its 580 million children, who are subjected to a lack of access to health services, clean water, education and protection from violence.
In addition, women and girls face significant risk of experiencing gender-based violence and exploitation. This includes child marriage, female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), trafficking and sexual violence.
In Kenya, for instance, it is estimated one in four girls are married before their eighteenth birthday and over twenty percent report having undergone FGM/C.
This risk is higher for those women and girls who have to flee their homes or find refuge somewhere else. Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Refugee Settlement is home to many women and children who have experienced significant trauma related to conflict, gender-based violence, loss and abuse.
UNICEF’s programs help these girls and boys heal, recover and regain their childhood. This means providing them with greater protection and individualized care plans to help them recover and heal from the devastating impacts of abuse.
Together, Delta Sigma Theta and UNICEF USA can help raise awareness and support to protect children from violence and exploitation and create more access to education, health and protection for millions of children throughout Africa.
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Violence against children is not inevitable and it is not acceptable.
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Together, we can bring an end to exploitation, abuse and neglect and build a future free from violence.
Learn More About The Issue
- UNICEF 2016 State of the World's Children Report: A Fair Chance for Every Child
- UNICEF Data: Children in Africa Report
- UNICEF Data: Child Marriage in Africa Report
- UNICEF USA Girls' Empowerment One-Pager
- UNICEF USA End Trafficking ToolKit
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