Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. An estimated 120 million girls and 73 million boys have been victims of sexual violence, and almost one billion children are subjected to physical punishment on a regular basis. 

As part of Agenda 2030, the world’s governments have set ambitious targets to end violence by 2030, in order to deliver the vision of a world where all children – girls and boys alike – grow up free from violence and exploitation.

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will support the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood, and help make societies safe for children.

 

 

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children offers an opportunity to help governments, international organizations, civil society, faith leaders, the private sector, philanthropists and foundations, researchers and academics work together to confront the unacceptable levels of violence that children suffer.

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children is an opportunity to help governments, international organizations, civil society, faith leaders, the private sector, philanthropists and foundations, researchers and academics work together to confront the unacceptable levels of violence that children suffer.

A world in which every child grows up free from violence​

Partner coalition mobilises for ending violence against children at the EDDs 2017​

Violence affects more than 1 billion children around the world every year and occurs in every country and every community. Their vulnerability is especially acute in fragile and conflict-affected contexts: According to UNICEF, every five minutes, a child is killed by violence. “Some children have lost hope, they have the feeling that nothing will change. Most of the time people talk about peace, but then you see people fighting again and again. It leads children to think that nothing will change in South Sudan,” said Mary, a World Vision Young Delegate from South Sudan. The story that Mary told a session at the European Development Days (EDDs) in Brussels is unfortunately experienced by too many children. That’s why ChildFund Alliance, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, UNICEF, WHO, the European External Action Service and World Vision are coming together at the EDDs to discuss ways to mobilise partnerships and investment to end violence against children and to explore new approaches to end it in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Protecting children is also a commitment reflected in several EU policies that aim to leave no one behind through an integrated approach when responding to crisis. The event aligns with a growing global demand to shift the political and public discourse from acknowledging the scale to solving this problem. “Witnessing or experiencing violence means a child is less likely to have a happy and successful future” said Noala Skinner, Director of the UNICEF Brussels Office. “The scars often last a life time. So by protecting children from violence, we can give them the chance to fulfil their potential, and ultimately also contribute to the development of their societies.” Everybody, including non-traditional aid actors, can play a role in ensuring children have a healthy, safe and secure environment that protects them from violence and exploitation.   “Community and religious leaders must be placed at the center of the fight to end violence against children as FGM / C and to increase awareness of laws and policies at the community level. In Guinea more than anywhere else, having Imams and traditional leaders on your side is essential to unlock certain social norms on which violence against children as FGM / C is based,” said Laurance Uwera, Programme Director, ChildFund GuineaViolence against children is widespread but it can be prevented. Especially, in emergency situation and fragile country contexts, children need safe environments to benefit from other interventions like education and health. Children and young people themselves can play a transformative role in the process to end violence against them. This should be supported by making sure that enabling environments and safe spaces are created, where they feel safe to speak out, are listened to and meaningfully engaged in the policies and programs that affect them. Ending violence against children is everybody’s business.​

Sri Lanka Launches National Partnership to End Violence Against Children by 2030​

2nd June 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The National Partnership to End Violence Against Children (NPEVAC) in Sri Lanka, was launched today as part of a bold, new collaborative partnership between the government, UN agencies, international organizations, civil society, faith groups, the private sector, the media, children  and other key stakeholders. Currently, children in Sri Lanka are exposed to multiple forms of violence in their homes, schools, online and in their communities, with over 9,000 instances of violence involving children reported to the National Child Protection Agency (NCPA) in 2016. A new discussion paper entitled ‘Preventing Violence Against Children in Sri Lanka’ and launched by the partnership, further highlights that: 40% of parents surveyed in the Colombo District admitted physically abusing their child in the previous month (2013)*;14% of adolescent girls and boys surveyed had experienced some form of sexual abuse;31% of adolescent boys, and 25% of adolescent girls surveyed had experienced emotional abuse in the preceding three months (2009); As one of twelve ‘pathfinding’ countries, Sri Lanka is taking the lead globally to end violence including abuse, neglect and exploitation against children by 2030. This commitment is part of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and supports the country’s drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Speaking at the launch, The Honorable Chandrani Bandara, Minister of Women and Child Affairs, said: “The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children creates a vital window of opportunity for Sri Lanka to share our successes, discuss challenges and exchange knowledge'. While Sri Lanka has worked on a number of initiatives to protect children from physical and sexual abuse, neglect and exploitation, the discussion paper makes further recommendations to accelerate efforts to end violence against children including: a study to identify the drivers of violence against girls and boys in Sri Lanka and generate disaggregated data on the prevalence, trends and contexts of violence;actions to end sexual violence against girls and boys in line with local and global evidence along with clearly defined targets for all partners to work towards;addressing physical and humiliating punishment in family, school and institutional settings including building the capacity of parents, teachers and caregivers to adopt positive discipline practices; prohibiting corporal punishment by law; and increasing support for them to manage stress and conflict without violence;finalization of the Draft National Policy for Child Protection; convene Grassroots Learning Forums to generate learning from the collective experience of frontline workers, other stakeholders and children; explore pathways to work with the Private Sector; support the necessary amendments to the Children (Judicial Protection) Bill and advocate for its finalization and enactment. Speaking on behalf of partner organizations, Mr. Tim Sutton, Representative, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) added “As individuals, parents or family members, we know that violence against children is morally wrong. But we now know that violence affects the physical growth, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of a child. Its impacts are not only devastating now, they can last a life time. In younger children violence damages brain development, hampers their opportunities to learn and therefore negatively impacts their future prospects to grow to their full potential. These impacts can be passed from one generation to the next. It is therefore vital, not only for the children involved but for Sri Lanka, that we all work together to end violence. This partnership is a crucial step to achieve our goal of a country free from violence against children by 2030.” Closing the launch, the Hon. Chandrani Bandara, Minster of Women and Child Affairs; Ms. Chandrani Senaratne, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs; Mr. Tim Sutton, Representative, UNICEF; Prof Savitri Goonesekere, Board Member, Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, and representatives from partner organisations publically signed ‘A Declaration Of Commitment to the National Partnership to End Violence against Children in Sri Lanka’. * Source : de Zoysa, P. (n.d.). A Study on Parental Disciplinary Practices and an Awareness Program to Reduce Corporal Punishment and Other Forms of Negative Parental Practices. Retrieved from http://www.cpcnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Report-on-Corporal-Punishment.pdf Reference documents; ‘Preventing Violence Against Children in Sri Lanka’, a country discussion paper can be downloaded herePolicy brief can be downloaded hereInfographic can be downloaded here 

New Study Shows Ending Violence Against Children Grossly Underfunded in International Cooperation Framework

New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children. For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children. “While commending states’ commitment to end violence against children, it is deeply worrying that less than US$1.1 billion of ODA is estimated to be spent addressing this critical human rights concern,” said Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children. Violence compromises children’s development, health and education and has a high cost for society – up to US$7 trillion a year, worldwide. Because of this, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development now includes a distinct global target to end all forms of violence against children (target 16.2). Ending the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children is also mainstreamed across other parts of this international development agenda.   “Children’s lives are at stake and the serious consequences of violence can last a lifetime,” Santos Pais added. “While governments’ policy priorities may have competing demands on scarce resources, the social and financial costs of inaction are too high.”   Civil society partners that collaborated on this report were World Vision International, SOS Children’s Villages, Save the Children and ChildFund Alliance. The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children and UNICEF also contributed to the research. "Violence against children undermines all aid and development activities. Partnerships, like the one backing this report, are vital in addressing an issue of this magnitude,” said Trihadi Saptoadi, Vice Chair, Executive Committee for Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and World Vision Global Leader for Impact and Engagement. “An end to violence against children is within reach and we will see the greatest impact by working together." The report also found that half of all ODA to end violence against children goes to two geographic regions: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Countries affected by conflict and displacement, such as Iraq, Syria and South Sudan, receive the bulk of these investments. Yet, funding to address violence against children in these areas is still lacking. The study recommends for donors to improve tracking of spending to determine how international development assistance is contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development targets to end violence against children. The report also calls for further research into the amount of domestic resources invested by recipient governments.“The world’s agreed priority to ending violence against children needs to be matched by increased ODA investment and by tracking spending on preventing and addressing violence against children,” said Santos Pais. “This must happen through both official development assistance and through the mobilization of domestic resources.” Download Resources Remarks by Gerry Dyer, Chief of Office, End ViolenceDownload the full reportExecutive Summary DRC Impact ReviewPhilippines Impact Review Uganda Impact Review   ​

Sweden and Indonesia Joint Statement on ​Commitments to Ending Violence Against Children

During the recent State Visit of Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden to Indonesia, the governments of both countries jointly AFFIRMED their commitment to ending violence against children.  Violence against children is a global epidemic affecting more than a billion children worldwide and is estimated to cost between 2-3% of annual GDP to governments in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region.   Both the Indonesian and Swedish Governments COMMITTED to ending all forms of violence against children, including sexual, physical and emotional violence as well as neglect, as part of the Agenda 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demand that governments eradicate childhood violence, including taking action to measure prevalence and assess causes as well as to invest in preventive action including social protection systems. Indonesia and Sweden are ‘PATHFINDING COUNTRIES’ in the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, and their commitments are part of this engagement. (The Global Partnership was launched in 2016 and involves governments, the United Nations, civil society, the private sector, foundations, researchers and academics, and children themselves, all of whom work together to build political will, promote solutions and accelerate action aimed at putting an end to violence against children). The State visit helped to PROMOTE DIALOGUE between the two countries on how to most effectively tackle violence, as well as on new program opportunities that keep children safe, girls and boys alike. When discussing with a group of children and adolescents directly their suggestions for meaningful investment, the two Governments reiterated the importance of placing children and adolescents at the heart of sustainable development efforts. Sweden prohibited parents and teachers by law from using physical violence as a means to punish children in 1979, as the first country in the world. Since then, corporal punishment against children has been reduced significantly. The Government of Indonesia has developed a Strategy on the Elimination of Violence against Children 2016-2020, which brings government, civil society, children and adolescents together to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children. The young people consulted REQUESTED that Sweden and Indonesia work together to help promote public awareness about violence and to encourage parents and communities to help end violence in schools, homes and communities. They particularly asked to tackle violence in schools including bullying, and domestic violence, both of which are experienced by significant numbers of girls and boys in Indonesia. Bullying including on the Internet is also a problem in Sweden, affecting 60 000 children and young people every year. In order to end violence against children in both countries, decision makers at all levels, individuals, including young people, private business, media and civil society need to be involved and committed. In July 2017, at the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York, both Indonesia and Sweden will present their Voluntary National Reports on the SDGs. Together, the Governments of Indonesia and Sweden will co-host a high-level side event to discuss the SDGs for children, with a focus on violence prevention and its crucial role in eradicating poverty, as a follow-up to the State Visit. Click here to download Protecting Children from Violence in Indonesia: An Overview ​

Key Accomplishments ​of End Violence:July 2016 - March 2017

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children were both launched in July 2016. The Secretariat, Board and Committee members, along with a growing numbers of Partners have been working since then to build political will, accelerate action, and strengthen collaboration in global efforts to respond to and end violence in the lives of children.A new info sheet detailing accomplishments to date is now available for download.Please click here to download your copy.

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We need to change the way that policymakers, campaigners and the public think about ending violence, winning the argument that we should – and can – make societies safer for children.

 

End Violence is bringing together stakeholders from across the world to end all forms of violence against children, turning the belief that no violence against children is justifiable and all violence is preventable into a compelling agenda for action.

 

The Fund to End Violence Against Children is independent of, but associated with, the Partnership. It will provide catalytic finance to support the delivery of the partnership’s strategy.

 

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