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Mexico Launches its End Violence Nation Action Plan​

Remarks of Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children at the Launch of the End Violence Nation Action Plan Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Allow me to start with a few words of gratitude and congratulations. My warmest congratulations to the children of Mexico on their new national plan and the new protection it provides them from all forms of violence. My heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Mexico for its leadership and to my colleagues from civil society organisations and UN agencies for their tireless dedication and commitment. Today, we also celebrate collaboration. Months of work are bearing fruit. This National Action Plan sets a milestone for children’s rights in Mexico and an example to the world. Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentleman, Just two years ago, in 2015, world leaders made a commitment to end all forms of violence against children by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs. The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children was established shortly thereafter, by governments, foundations, civil society, the United Nations, the academic community and private sector – to provide a global platform to all those working toward the goal of ending violence against children – to share lessons learned and best practices.  End Violence, as the partnership and its associated fund are known, is a mean of implementation of the SDGs, and a test case for its universality. Our vision is a world in which every child grows up free from violence, and we have solutions. At the heart of End Violence is INSPIRE, a set of seven evidence-based strategies to keep the world’s children safe and secure.  We believe that we can achieve our goals, and realize the rights of all children, by building political will, accelerating action and strengthening collaboration. The Government of Mexico has already demonstrated commendable political will and commitment.   My deepest thanks, including for the enthusiastic collaboration our Secretariat has with the Mission of Mexico to the UN, in New York. Your Excellency, Secretary Osorio, you and your Government are setting remarkable examples of political will and dedication, and we are eager to continue working with you.  You can count on our support for your ambtious actions that started prior to the Sustainable Development Goals being issued. Indeed and as one example among others, in 2014  the Mexican Senate passed the General Law of the Rights of Girls, Boys and Adolescents. This established a broad system of comprehensive protections to guarantee the rights of nearly 40 million girls, boys and adolescents in Mexico, as well as of migrant children in the country.  I had an opportunity to be with you in Mexico not long after the General Law was enacted and was introduced to many of you leading in efforts to implement this important legislation. Mexico – from Government to civil society - has been a key player within the End Violence partnership since day one.  From Mexico, we have a wealth of experience and eagerness to do more - better and quicker - to end violence against children. Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentleman, Violence against children takes many forms: neglect, physical and emotional abuse, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, torture, child marriage, sexual abuse, rape, trafficking, and other abhorrent crimes online and offline. Globally, the picture is harrowing. More than 1 billion children - half of all the children in the world- are exposed to violence every year. Every day, in every country - rich and poor - millions of children are victims of violence in their homes, schools, and communities.  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. At global level, collective action is the only way forward. Your Plan of Action, which builds upon the INSPIRE strategies and applies them to the Mexican context, establishes mechanisms to accelerate action through policies and programmes to protect children.  The Plan provides increased access for children to comprehensive services. Today as you launch the Plan and open a new chapter in children well-being in Mexico, you also send a signal to the world. As member of End Violence, we invite Mexico to share its experience through our collaboration platform.  You will have opportunities to let government and civil society of other countries learn about your experience, and exchange knowledge and evidence. The End Violence Solutions Summit, which the partnership is co-organising with the Government of Sweden in February 2018, in Stockholm, will be a prime opportunity for Mexico to showcase achievements.   Mexico will be among a small and dedicated group, sharing lessons learnt, together with challenges.  This will be an important opportunity to renew your international commitment, and to showcase your leadership.  It is an honour to be here once again, for the sake of all Mexican children, and for the 1 billion children around the world who have the right to safety.   Thank you for pathfinding, and really making a difference in this new partnership.​

Fund to End Violence Against Children Issues Global Call for Project Proposals to Prevent Online Violence, Urges Increased Action and More Resources to Make the Internet Safer for Children

      New York, 24 July 2017 – The Fund to End Violence Against Children launched today a call to Governments and specialised organisations at local, regional and global levels to submit project proposals targeting online sexual exploitation and other forms of violence and abuse of children on the internet. Globally, children face cyber-threats that are often poorly understood and underestimated by policymakers and parents alike. Online sexual exploitation and abuse of children is one the most urgent of these rapidly emerging risks. The Fund seeks and encourages proposals from: Countries intending to develop national plans to tackle online child sexual exploitation;Regional organisations that seek to mobilize their membership towards national action, and;Organisations that build capacity and capability to tackle the threat globally and enhance the quality and consistency of delivery of national capabilities. “Online violence against children and sexual exploitation in particular are abhorrent crimes,” said Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. “We need political will and accelerated action in all countries to take action and protect children.” “As we issue this call to release catalytic funding to those taking action, we also call for more resources to replenish the Fund and expand its activities,” added Ms. Bissell. The call for proposals is supported by grants from the Government of the United Kingdom and Human Dignity Foundation, and in partnership with the WePROTECT Global Alliance. “Online child sexual exploitation is heinous crime, which has a truly devastating impact on its victims,” said Sarah Newton, UK Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability. “What is illegal offline is illegal online and we cannot allow the internet to be looked upon as a safe space for sharing indecent images or preying on our children." "In recognition of the scale, complexity and global nature of this crime, the Government has led international action on online child sexual exploitation through the WePROTECT Global Alliance, in addition to committing £40million over four years to the End Violence Against Children Fund,” added Ms. Newton. Applications for funding are open until 30 September 2017 and will be reviewed by an independent panel of experts to select the most impactful projects. The call for proposals can be found at: 

Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children Seeks ​Executive Director

End Violence, The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, brings together stakeholders from across the world to end all forms of violence against children, working towards a world in which violence against children is never justifiable, that violence is preventable, and in which every child grows up free from violence. We are currently seeking a passionate, dynamic and collaborative Executive Director to lead this ambitious and influential global partnership. Reporting to the Executive Committee and the Board, the Executive Director will be responsible for providing inspirational and strategic leadership and management. S/he will lead the Partnership in policy development and implementation, work with the governing bodies to generate the necessary funds and be responsible for developing cooperative and beneficial relationships with key stakeholders and partners. This role offers a unique opportunity for an individual with a genuine commitment to improve the lives of children across the globe. The successful candidate will demonstrate significant experience of strategic leadership and operational management, as well as the ability to inspire a talented and dedicated team. S/he will have excellent interpersonal, stakeholder management and communications skills and will be able to be a strong spokesperson and advocate at the highest levels externally. In addition, s/he will bring credible experience of working with the protection of children. To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for this exciting role, please visit quoting reference 3131.The deadline for applications is 9am EDT on Monday, 31st July 2017.  Position Type: Full-time; Compensation: Competitive compensation based on experience; Location: Hosted by UNICEF - New York City, New York, USA.​


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