Two years on: the fund to end violence against children

Investments, results and the way forward

Posted in: Harmful Practices , Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse , Uncategorised

Since 2016 $68,000,000 has been raised and $37,600,000 invested in 49 organisations.

Every year over one billion children and adolescents experience violence. In response to this epidemic, in 2015 world leaders committed to end all forms of violence, abuse and neglect by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Secretary-General of the United Nations launched the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and the associated Fund to End Violence Against Children to ensure a specific and dedicated focus on Goal 16.2 – “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children“. Human Dignity Foundation was a founding contributor to the Fund and remains an active member of the steering committee.

The Fund supports organisations with grants to target three specific aspects of violence against children:

  1. Preventing online violence, with a particular focus on online child sexual exploitation and abuse;
  2. Addressing violence against children affected by conflicts and crises; and
  3. Combatting violence in the home, school and community.

“In a context of growing global intolerance towards unacceptable behaviours, there is a tremendous opportunity to accelerate progress. The resources entrusted to us by the donors to the Fund will play a critical role in helping us meet this challenge.”

Dr Howard Taylor

Executive Director, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Since 2016 $68,000,000 has been raised and $37,600,000 invested in 49 organisations.

The scale of support for these initiatives is impressive, but more resources and momentum from across the public and private sectors are required to respond to a pervasive issue that is common to all countries and all social contexts. Simply put, the sheer scale of the challenge we face demands a momentous global response. This is especially true of online child sexual exploitation and abuse. Online abuse is growing and evolving as quickly as the digital platforms on which we have come to rely.

Over two years since this commitment was made to future generations, the Fund’s latest report reflects on what has been achieved to date and the way forward for all involved in tackling violence against children.