Driving national action against child sexual abuse online using the Model National Response – the experience of Kenya

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Date: March 23, 2023
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The webinar, organised by WeProtect Global Alliance and UNICEF, provided examples of the practical implementation of the Model National Response in the African continent, drawing on the experience of Kenya as a case study. This was the first of a series of webinars exploring how the Model National Response has been put into practice in different regions of the world.


Overview of the webinar

Ms Mame Selbe Diouf, UNICEF’s Interim Representative to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa, and Iain Drennan, Executive Director of the Alliance held the introductory remarks. Then, Afrooz Kaviani Johnson, Child Protection Specialist at UNICEF NYHQ, shared the findings from the Framing the Future report.

After that, Madam Rose Wanjiru Mwangi, Assistant Director Children’s Services, Department of Online Protection, Directorate of Children Services, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, shared how Kenya has used the Model National Response to inform their National Plan of action to Tackle Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Kenya, the challenges they have encountered, and the lessons they have learnt.

The presentations were followed by a Q&A session.

About the speaker

Rose Mwangi is an Assistant Director Children’s Services with vast experience in child protection. As a child rights advocate, she has been involved in various child protection programmes that led to improved protection of children inter alia in the criminal justice system and implementation of social protection programmes.

Rose played a leading role in the development of a 5-year multisectoral prevention and response National Plan of Action to Tackle Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Kenya (2022 – 2026), and she currently oversees its implementation.