Maseru, Nov.01 — The social behaviours within the societies are identified as factors towards the reported cases of violence against children and youth that seems to be reported in Lesotho.
This emerged at the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports, Arts, Culture and Social Development high level breakfast meeting on giving feedback on the Violence Against Children (VAC) response plan which was held in Maseru on Wednesday.
Speaking on behalf of Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso, the Deputy Prime Minister Justice Nthomeng Majara said in 2018, Lesotho committed to her first Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACs) which its purpose was to eliminate childhood violence that comes in forms physical, sexual and emotional violence occurring to persons before the age of 18 and among 18 to 24-year-olds among others.
She mentioned that the findings of the survey also revealed that 15 percent of interviewed females were reported to have experienced sexual violence before the age of 18 compared to 5 percent of males. Furthermore, it was discovered that 57 percent of interviewed males experienced physical violence compared to 33 percent of females.