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Four goals to prevent girls radicalization
21 avril 2020

Over 400 million children are currently living on the African continent - and the number is rising. The United Nations estimates that Africa's population will double to 2.4 billion by 2050. That's one quarter of the world's population. 40 percent of all children under the age of five would live in Africa in the middle of the 21st century, according to the prognosis.They suffer from malnutrition, can not go to school and have no prospect of a better future. Many of them do not even experience their fifth birthday. The children in Africa need help - here you will find facts and figures that concern us all.

Africa is already considered after Asia as the continent where most children are born each year. The proportion of under-15s was 41 percent in 2010 across the continent. In some African countries, such as Uganda, Angola, Mali, Niger or the Democratic Republic of Congo, half of all inhabitants are still under 15 years old.

Too many girls are failing to enter and finish secondary school. Too many girls are abused, married young, and exploited. Too many boys and girls are hungry, abandoned and out of school in emergencies and disasters. Too many children are afraid to speak up and take their rightful place in society.

These young people, especially girls, are most at risk of enlistment in terrorist groups. To better prevent their enlistment and violent radicalization, it is necessary for all vulnerable and excluded children, especially girls, to: 
 1) have the education and skills they need to succeed in life and make a decent living

2) participate in and influence the social, economic and political decisions that matter to them
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3) have control over their lives and bodies, and make informed choices about identity, relationships, and if and when to have children

4) grow up equally valued and cared for, free from discrimination, violence and fear

 

Aristide Donald Bilounga