End Violence Against Children
The Global Partnership and Fund
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.