Ending Violence Against Children

Global leaders and youth advocates launch a new partnership and fund to end violence against children worldwide

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ratified by governments in September 2015 provide a blueprint for action to end poverty, protect the environment, and ensure that all children worldwide grow up free from violence and exploitation. Target 16.2 of the SDGs seeks to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.

On July 12, United Nations children and youth joined world leaders to launch a new partnership fund to work toward the SDG targets, and make ending violence against children a public priority and a collective responsibility. The partnership brings together foundations, the UN, governments, civil society, academia, and the private sector in a joint effort to meet Target 16.2 and end all violence against children.

To support the Global Partnership, a fund has been established with contributions from the United Kingdom and the WeProtect Global Alliance. The UK funding will be dispersed over the next four years, with a particular goal of ending child sexual exploitation online. At the launch, ministers from Mexico, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Sweden committed to developing specific plans that will combat violence against children, especially to ensure that institutions and schools are safe places for children and to strengthen data collection about violence and children, among other efforts.

Globally, every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. Over 1 billion children suffer from physical, sexual, or psychological violence. One in four children suffer physical abuse, and nearly one in five girls has been sexually abused at least once in her life.

Violence against children is a violation of their human rights, and can never be justified. The physical, emotional, and psychological scars of violence can have severe implications for a child’s health, development, and ability to learn. Violence against children and youth is a universal issue, impacting all of society. Ending this violence is a vital step to ensure the long-term success of the sustainable development goals.

For more information:

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development and Elevate Children Funders Group. (2015). Agenda 2030: Preventing violence against children and the sustainable development goals. Please go here to download the report

The Sustainable Development Goals: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

Anne Bauer