Thirty years ago, the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty – the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – stated that every child had the right to be protected from violence. For decades, aid agencies, governments, researchers and individuals tried to achieve this ideal. But as they worked from their own corners of the earth, they often missed out on the and learnings of others and failed to connect the dots across geographies and sectors. In 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon announced a response to that challenge, creating a new, unique mechanism called End Violence.
Global leaders envisioned a public-private partnership that would unite governments, United Nations agencies, civil society, faith groups, the private sector, philanthropic foundations, academics and children themselves around a single goal: ending all forms of violence against children by 2030.
Today, End Violence has become just that: we have over 420 partners across the world. Individually, these partners carry out the critical day-to-day work of ending violence, from on-the-ground service delivery to global advocacy. Collectively, they collaborate to help address four key gaps in the landscape of violence against children, working across borders to keep children safe, raise funding for the cause, and speak with a louder, more unified voice.