The Global Partnership and Fund to End Violence Against Children were launched in July 2016 by the UN Secretary-General.
The Partnership is the only global entity focused solely on Sustainable Development Goal 16.2: ending all forms of violence against children by 2030. The End Violence Fund is a flexible funding vehicle that identifies new and emerging challenges to SDG 16.2 and invests in innovative initiatives that have the potential to replicate and scale.
Online child sexual exploitation and abuse is the fastest growing form of violence against children. As the internet’s reach expands, more children, and at an increasingly younger age, start to grow-up in a digital world. As their digital experiences increase, so do the threats and dangers they experience online. This includes online harassment and violence, exposure to harmful online content and concerns around unethical use of their digital data. The most critical threat to children, however, is the alarming growth in online child sexual exploitation and abuse; and creation and sharing of child sexual abuse images and videos.
The End Violence Fund invests in strengthening systems and innovative technology solutions to tackle online harms to children.
HDF is a core funder of End Violence’s Safe Online initiative which to date has invested nearly $70 million in three key areas: setting the foundations for strong systems, research and evaluation, and innovative technology-based solutions. Of particular interest to HDF, technology investments are supporting cutting-edge approaches to prevention and response. End Violence funding is helping design new and scale-up existing technology-based solutions; with a particular focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science to enhance the detection and response to online abuse.