2nd Regional Conference Towards Implementation of INSPIRE Strategies to End Violence Against Children During COVID-19 and Beyond
Dates: 1 - 5 November 2021
The purpose of this virtual conference is to share new data and emerging evidence on promising practices, as well as increase visibility for Ending Violence against Children (EVAC) on the COVID-19 recovery agenda. The virtual conference will focus on the role of education, health and social welfare specifically, and take the opportunity to place EVAC centrally in key areas including Back to School, Mental Health and Parenting.
The Regional Conference, co hosted by UNICEF and WHO, will bring together representatives and experts from governments from more than 20 countries in East Asia and the Pacific, as well as from regional bodies, civil society, youth networks, academia, UN and donors to:
- Explore the impact of COVID-19 on prevention and response to violence against children;
- Consider the implications of the latest global, regional and country research and developments of what works in implementing the INSPIRE strategies during COVID-19 and beyond;
- Identify adaptations and innovative solutions to tackle violence against children in the face of COVID-19 and global economic downturn;
- Promote and share good and promising practice on sectoral and multi-sectoral action to prevent and respond to violence against children with a focus on health, social welfare and education sectors;
- Promote and share good and promising practice on, among others: strengthening generation of data, research and evidence; ensuring well being and protection of children through Back to School; promoting parenting for violence reduction; ensuring linkages between mental health and violence against children in prevention and response; and effectively addressing the intersections between violence against children and violence against women; and
- Inspire accelerated action to end violence against children and achieve SDG Target 16.2.
Intended outcomes of the event:
- Ending violence against children is recognised as critical to the COVID-19 recovery agenda across the East Asia and Pacific Region.
- Enhanced political commitment to accelerate action to end violence towards the achievement of SDG 16.2.
- Strengthened multi sectoral engagement on EVAC with a focus on the role of health, social welfare and education.
- Increased integration of EVAC and mental health and wellbeing in the learning recovery agenda