©AfreePress- (Lomé, July 2nd, 2021)- As part of the celebration of the African Child Day, 2021 edition and placed under the general theme « 30 years after the adoption of the Charter: let’s accelerate the implementation of the Agenda 2040 for an Africa Fit for Children » Compassion International Togo organized activities including a day of reflection in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Action, Women’s Promotion and Literacy in Adangbe, situated in Zio, Maritime, Togo with the community leaders of the locality on necessary strategies to fight against child pornography.
Indeed, March 2021, videos of child pornography shot in Togo, circulated on social media compromising the rights of the child and undermining the cultural and social values of our country. These pornographic videos featuring children were shot in the locality of Adangbe in the district of Zio and broadcasted on social media.
In this district, the NGO Compassion International Togo has been operating for more than five years and in more than 15 communities including Adangbe through the Child and Youth Development Centers (CYDC) which serve more than three thousand children and youth from vulnerable families.
This day of reflection was held on June 25, 2021 in Adangbe in the presence of Togolese government representatives, Compassion International Togo, and the community of Adangbe. It was held in two phases.
The first phase was the official one marked by speeches: the speeches of the Reeve of Zio, the representative of the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection, the National Director of Compassion International Togo, and the representative of the Ministry of Social Action, Promotion of Women and Literacy. All these authorities deplored the phenomenon of child pornography and underlined the importance of this day of reflection to come to an end of this phenomenon. The National Director of Compassion International Togo particularly emphasized Compassion’s concern that every child be known, loved and protected. He stressed that Compassion International Togo felt concerned by the phenomenon of child pornography, especially since the organization serves more than 8,000 children in the district of Zio. This phase ended with a photo shoot to immortalize the event.
The second phase was devoted to the actual reflection under the direction of the technical services of the General Directorate for Child Protection. The chief of the canton, the village chiefs, the Village Development Committees (CVD), the agents of the district of Zio, of the Town Hall, of Social Affairs, the Coordinator of the Adangbe Children’s Development Center and other community leaders participated in this reflection whose objective was to fight effectively against the phenomenon of child pornography by defining a roadmap.
Since 2008, Compassion International Togo has made child protection the cornerstone of its ministry. It continues to multiply its efforts to promote children’s rights and urge adults to know, love and protect them. Compassion has under its care more than 72,000 children and youths in the 294 Child and Youth Development Center across Togo.