Government wants teenagers to be “emotionally strong” and increasingly “aware” of the problem of violence

Praia, Nov 30 (Inforpress) – The Secretary of State for Family and Social Inclusion on Thursday stressed the need for teenagers to be increasingly “sensitised” to the issue of violence against girls and women and to be “emotionally strong” and with a “healthy lives”.

Lídia Lima made these remarks to the press on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the commemorative activities for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence organised by the Cape Verdean Institute for Children and Adolescents (ICCA) this afternoon at the Regina Silva Secondary School.

She considered that dating violence is an issue that should be tackled without taboo, emphasising that many teenagers currently suffer from some violence within their romantic relationship, which automatically affects their academic performance, the way they see life, the way they are, but also their own self-esteem, self-knowledge and emotional balance.

“We want emotionally strong teenagers, who can do well at school, because that’s how we’ll be able to reduce inequalities and promote peace among the teenagers who will be the young people of tomorrow, future adults, who will be governing the country, who will also be in charge of many services and institutions, also setting up their companies to promote jobs, create jobs,” she said.

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