Strengthening cooperation and policy development at national and regional levels
The Fund's online investments led to significant progress in 2019 on national and regional engagement and cooperation to tackle online violence. In various countries, a multi-stakeholder body was established and many of them developed a national plan of action to tackle online violence.
Recent highlights in this area include:
- The South Asia Initiative for Ending Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) adopted a Regional Action Plan to address online child sexual exploitation and abuse in eight countries in South Asia.
- The Government of Rwanda adopted the Child Online Protection policy, along with a five-year implementation plan developed with technical support from the University of East London and in partnership with the 5Rights Foundation and the University of Rwanda.
- Heads of State at the 35th ASEAN Summit adopted the Declaration on the Protection of Children from All Forms of Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in ASEAN.