Boys and girls in Myanmar experience significant child protection issues including violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, recruitment into armed conflict, early marriage and child trafficking. Nearly 20% of girls are married before the age of 18.3 The majority (77%) of children experience violent forms of discipline, including shaking or hitting with a hard object, while 13% of children under age 5 are left alone or in the care of another child younger than age 10.3 Children in the poorest families are more than 4 times as likely to be left unattended. The child protection system is weak at all levels, particularly in communities.
STRATEGIC GOAL 5: ALL GIRLS AND BOYS IN MYANMAR ARE INCREASINGLY PROTECTED FROM VIOLENCE, ABUSE, NEGLECT AND EXPLOITATION IN ALL SETTINGS THROUGH IMPROVED ACCESS TO A QUALITY CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM
FOCUSING ON: Children in urban and conflict-affected areas.