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​

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.

Global Fund to End Violence Against Children Announces Its First Grant Awards to 15 Projects Making the Internet Safer for Children​

Fifteen national and transnational projects working to end online sexual exploitation and abuse of children have been awarded grants following the first call for proposals from the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children (the Fund). Although children have long been exposed to violence and exploitation, the internet and new technologies have changed the opportunity, scale, form and impact of the abuse of young people everywhere. Globally, children face new dangers that are often poorly understood by policymakers and the public, and online sexual exploitation and abuse is one of the most urgent of these emerging risks. Supported by a £40 million challenge grant over five years from the United Kingdom, and in partnership with the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Violence Against Children, the Fund received more than 250 submissions from every region of the world, highlighting the global scope of the challenge. The funded projects will build capacity of child protective services and law enforcement to ensure that victims receive quality support services, and educate children, families, teachers and other caregivers to better identify and protect children from online risks. The 15 projects were selected through an independent and evidence-based review process.  A comprehensive description of the review process and criteria for selection is available online. The first grantees of the Global Fund to End Violence Against are listed below: Albania –Safer and Better Internet for Children and Youth in Albania, UNICEF Country OfficeColombia –Fortalecimiento de capacidades para la protección de la niñez frente a la explotación sexual en línea en Colombia, Corporación Colombiana de Padres y Madres- Red PaPaz-Costa Rica –Costa Rica says NO to online child sexual exploitation and abuse, PANIAMOR FoundationJordan –Targeting online sexual exploitation of children in Jordan, UNICEF Country OfficeMexico –Effective legal representation of child victims of online sexual exploitation, Oficina de defensoria de los derechos de la infancia a.c.Namibia –End Violence - Tackling Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Namibia, UNICEF Country OfficePeru –  Colaboración intersectorial e interdisciplinario para prevenir y responder a la realidad de la ESNNA en línea en Perú, Capital Humano y Social - CHS AlternativoPeru – Combatiendo la explotación y el abuso sexual contra niños, niñas y adolescentes en entonos virtuales del Perú, Save the Children SwedenThe Philippines –Ending online sexual exploitation of children in Cebu, Philippines, International Justice MissionThe Philippines – Cyber-Safe Spaces for Children and Youth in the cities of Manila and Quezon City, Plan International UKUganda –Children in Uganda are Safe Online, UNICEF Country OfficeVietnam –Swipe Safe: Helping Young People Make the Most of the Online World, ChildFund AustraliaTransnational–Asia –Strategic Response to Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE), South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children – SAIEVACTransnational–Asia –Strengthening regional commitment and collaboration to end online CSEA in East Asia and the Pacific, UNICEF Regional Office East Asia/ PacificTransnational–Asia & Africa –IWF Reporting Portal Project for 30 Least Developed Countries, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)​

‘End Violence’ Conference sparks a public debate on parenting in Montenegro​

PODGORICA, Montenegro, 27 February 2017 –  Violence, neglect and dysfunctional parenting have long term costs for children, their families and societies, but can be prevented through stronger public health and child protection interventions. This was the key message of the conference "End Violence Against Children", which brought together the President of Montenegro, six Ministers, of : Labour and Social Welfare, Health, Education, Justice, Internal Affairs and Human Rights and international and local experts on violence against children. The conference was organized by the Government of Montenegro and UNICEF in partnership with the EU and the Telenor Foundation. The need for a decisive action regarding violence against children is evident from the results of UNICEF research from December 2016. The data show that adverse childhood experiences are much more present than discussed in public and that there is still a high degree of tolerance of violence in society. Every second citizen finds physical punishment acceptable and thinks that yelling at a child is not a form of violence. Every third citizen does not consider a slap in the face and open threats to the child to be violence, while one quarter do not see blackmailing as a form of violence in the upbringing of children. Most citizens, 77 percent of them, believe that parents should not allow children to question their decisions.   The consequences of growing up in a violent environment now have a strong evidence base as set out in a captivating presentation to 400 delegates including the President and Deputy Prime Minister, by Dr Nadine Burke Harris, a world class thought-leader, campaigner and practitioner (Dr Burke-Harris’s TED talk can be seen here.) "High doses of negative experiences in childhood affect our brain and other organs, immune system, even the DNA. Children exposed to adverse childhood experiences are more likely to develop heart disease and to commit suicide," said Dr Burke-Harris.  The conference marked the beginning of the second phase of the  “End Violence” campaign initiated by the Government of Montenegro and UNICEF which shifts focus from online violence last year, to family violence this year. UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks, pointed out that adversity, violence and neglect are far more prevalent than we ever knew before with up to 40% of children growing up with poor parental attachment. "Adversity is often passed from a parent to a child in an endless inter-generational cycle of pain, humiliation and despair and with grave consequences for our society," said Perks, at the same time urging the conference participants to make efforts to break the public taboo which obscures the problem of violence against children. This appeal was joined by the Charge d'Affaires and Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Andre Lys. "We must not allow a single child to live in fear, especially within their families. 90 percent of violence is never discovered, so it is especially important not to be silent, but to speak out," Lys pointed out. Six ministers who attended the conference pledged to reduce the number of children facing adverse childhood experiences in Montenegro. Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Kemal Purišić, said that, in the next four years, the Government would direct state resources towards the strengthening of the child protection system, in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international documents regulating this field. He explained that this process will also include active engagement of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, as they would work in partnership to create proper regulation for fighting violence against children. “In cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other partners, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare will establish a national safe-house for children victims of violence, which will further develop special programs for children victims," Purišić said adding that in this safe-house, medical check-ups and forensic interviews with children who have been exposed to abuse or violence would take place in future. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Zoran Pažin, said that it was necessary to establish a register of persons convicted for sexual abuse of children. "I believe that the deadline for this which is provided in the draft Strategy as year 2021, is inappropriately long, as I think this should be done in a shorter period," Pažin pointed out. The Government of Montenegro committed to join the UN Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and this was saluted by the Director of End Violence, Susan Bissell, who added: "This partnership depends on the commitment of the countries. It is a platform for all countries wishing to implement the global Sustainable Development Goals and to accelerate action at the national level to put an end to violence against children." The conference appealed for the establishment of quality, multidisciplinary services for the promotion of positive parenting and protection of children from adverse childhood experiences. Frances Gardner, Professor of Child and Family Psychology at Oxford University explained how services such as pre-natal visits, screening, patronage services, as well as the expansion of preschool education can prevent or mitigate the effects of violence and adverse childhood experiences. Professor Gardner presented a parenting support program which includes a set of successful parenting practices that can be applied in different cultures. "The program was established in various countries on the basis of the degree to which these countries nurture traditional values in family relations. Its effects are equally strong in traditional societies - we have programs in Iran, Hong Kong, in some deeply religious societies, as well as in the liberal countries," said Professor Gardner. Global positive trends in successful parenting practices are also promoted by the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti. Its representative at the conference, Jasmina Byrne, who manages research related to child protection issues, family and parental support, and digital technologies, explained that the most popular services are specialized support centers for parents. She particularly emphasized the importance of services intended for families going through crisis. "There are targeted family visits intended for families who are experiencing certain problems. When it comes to these programs, the emphasis is on supporting families to resolve their problems on their own," said Byrne, who reminded the audience that Montenegro has recently launched  a national SOS line which provides support to parents to help implement positive parenting practices. David McLaughlin, Deputy Director of UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, presented the conference conclusions reminding that this is just a beginning of a public debate on violence against children in Montenegro, which will raise awareness about the benefits of non-violent upbringing of children and promote best parenting practices.​

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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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