Posts by Edu Ele

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD, 2022.

The Day of the African Child is celebrated every year on June 16 since 1991. It was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in honor of those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976. It is a time for the world to reflect on the progress made towards child’s rights and to raise awareness of…

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Little Esther Needs A Foster Carer

Little Esther is an 11-year-old child that was accused of witchcraft by her sick grandmother and forced out of her home. She was found almost lifeless by a volunteer by a major road in Calabar. She spent six straight months in the hospital and most times on oxygen. Thanks to Jens, Melanie and Asu Okang…

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Day of the African Child by James Ibor

On 16 June 1976 In Soweto, South Africa, thousands of black school children took to the streets of South Africa to protest against substandard education and to demand their right to be educated in their native language. Hundreds of them were killed by security agents; and in 14days of protest that followed, more than a…

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Day of the African Child 2020

On June 16, 2020, Basic Rights Counsel Initiative marked the Day of the African Child with the theme: “Access to a Child Friendly Justice System”. In celebration of this day, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Abuja in collaboration with UNICEF organized an online parley with policy makers on the theme: Promoting Access to Child…

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End Witchcraft Branding and Stigmatization Campaign (#EWBS)

Witchcraft branding is an offence punishable under Sections 210 to 215 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act, LFN 2004. However, this widespread practice has been seen continuously among many communities especially in the southern region of the country which engage in this criminality without any regard for the law. Unsurprisingly, the majority of victims of…

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2019 International Women’s Day Celebration

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909 in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in…

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PRESS STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESS INTERVIEW GRANTED BY ELDER (MRS.) MARGARET E. ASIM ON THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED BY HER HUSBAND, MR. EDET OKON ASIM

I have read with infinite pain and sadness the press interview granted by Elder (Mrs.) Margaret E. Asim, wife of the embattled Special Adviser to the Governor of Cross River State on Biodiversity, Mr. Edet Okon Asim, who is alleged to have sexually abused a fifteen-year-old girl child over the course of three years and…

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End Witchcraft Branding and Stigmatization Campaign (#EWBS)

Comfort, Hope and Goodness, three girls aged 13, 5 and 3 respectively are siblings who live with their grandmother since losing both of their parents in 2016. In February 2018 they were branded witches by their grandmother and accused of being responsible for her ill health. To coerce a confession out of them, she invited…

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Support for Enobong

On the 21st of December, 2017 we told you about Mrs Enobong Joseph who was abducted alongside her four (4) children in Calabar, and taken to a location in Abia state. She was fortunate to escape her abductors but had to leave her children behind as she had been separated from them by their captors.…

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BRCI Debate Series – Spanking

Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI) organizes a debate series tagged #BRCIDebate. the debate is aimed at breaking the culture of silence around child abuse. It is a platform where topical issues are addressed by experts. The debate is usually streamed live on our Facebook Page. You can watch all previous editions of #BRCIDebate on our…

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