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Today at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. End Violence Against Children – The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, the academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.
“Every day, in every country and every community, children are victimized by violence – and far too often, this violence is accepted as normal, permissible, or a private matter,” said Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership. “Violence against children is not inevitable – if we challenge the status quo that harms the lives and futures of so many children. Every child has the right to grow up free from violence – and we all need to work together to realize that vision.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in the past year as many as one billion children around the world have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence.
Globally, one in four children suffer physical abuse. Nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in her life. Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence.
“Violence against children is a problem shared by every society – so the solution must also be shared,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who serves as founding co-Chair of the Global Partnership Board. “When we protect children from violence we not only prevent individual tragedies and support children’s development and growth. In doing so, we also support the strength and stability of their societies.”
Terre des Hommes will also be part of the partnership. “Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up healthy, enter school ready to learn, and become a self-sufficient and productive adult. To help make that happen, girls and boys need safe, peaceful and nurturing environments at home, in school and in their communities. Working together, creating diverse alliances is at the heart of the needed ‘unity in diversity’ we stand for at Terre des Hommes”, said Lysiane André, Chair of the Terre des Hommes International Federation at the launch in New York.
The world’s governments set ambitious targets to end violence by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Working through the Global Partnership, governments and organizations can pool their resources and expertise to make accelerated progress toward this goal.
The Global Partnership today also launched the new INSPIRE package of seven proven strategies to prevent violence against children
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More info can be found on end-violence.org