New York, 5 February 2019 – The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children welcomes a new $5 million contribution from Oak Foundation to its multi-donor Fund. The contribution brings the Fund’s total resources raised since its creation mid-2016 to over $68 million.
Oak’s contribution will help the Fund prevent and respond to online child sexual abuse and exploitation through targeted and evidence-based programmes at national, regional and global levels. It will support work to reduce online violence, expand knowledge of online safety among individuals and society, establish industry standards, and strengthen systems to investigate and prosecute online violence, as well as support survivors.
“The presence of 800 million children online – many of whom are unsupervised – has made it easier for perpetrators to follow and contact them, and enable vicious forms of child sexual exploitation and abuse,” said Howard Taylor, Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. “Trends are going up and we need better awareness, more efficient prevention, stronger response, and more donors to follow Oak Foundation’s steps.”
Thanks to financial commitments from the government of the United Kingdom and Human Dignity Foundation, the Fund has previously awarded $25 million in grants to 33 projects addressing online child sexual exploitation and abuse in 21 countries, including three regional and five global projects. Current grantee partners are providing a range of support, including:
- Rescuing victims and supporting survivors.
- Establish reporting portals.
- Raising awareness of the problem and contributing to behavioural change.
- Strengthening law enforcement and legislative reforms.
- Innovating solutions within the technology and online service provider community.
For further information about the Fund, its funding windows in three priority areas and its current grantees, including the latest reports, please visit http://www.end-violence.org/fund