Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. As Liam Neeson, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, says “every adult alive today has grown up in a world where violence against children happens everywhere”. Abraham Keita, international children’s peace prize winner 2015, adds “every day I see violence in my community. I feel sad because for decades now, the situation for children has not changed”.
The time for action has arrived. It’s time for the status quo to change.
Target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals commits member states to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking, torture and all forms of violence against children by 2030. This ambitious goal is being tackled by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children with the support of Oak Foundation and other partners.
The Global Partnership will support the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood and help make societies safe for children. It aims to change the way we think about ending violence, creating the belief that no violence is justifiable and that all violence is preventable. The Partnership will work collaboratively with partners across sectors allowing them “to do together what no single government or agency can do alone, end violence against children”.
Today the Global Partnership launched an inspiring short film highlighting issues surrounding violence against childern and explaining how the Partnership will work collectively to end violence.
“We want the next generation of children to grow up in a world where they don’t have to fear for their safety. A world where they can grow to their full potential, because you can never tell what a child might become one day.”
“It’s a dream but it can be achieved. The time to start is now.”