Make Your Voice Heard: Protect Children From Violence
ChildFund operates in some of the poorest
countries in the world. As a child development agency, we work to ensure
that children can grow up in safe homes, free from the threat of violence.
However, domestic abuse and violence against children remain serious problems in
some parts of the world. If you want to put an end to child violence and help
millions of children in need realize their full potential, sign the ChildFund
Alliance petition to let the United Nations know that ending exploitation and
violence toward children is a high priority.
A Widespread Problem
In some countries, a
high number of children often face violence at home. The problem is so serious
that almost half the world's population of children experience some form of
physical violence before their eighth birthday. However, gathering reliable data
can be challenging because of underreporting; also, many estimates do not
include children who live in institutions or are homeless. These children can be
at even higher risk of abuse.
The reasons behind child
abuse and domestic violence are complex. Socioeconomic
issues can be a determining factor in cases of child violence, as can
gender, race, environment and ethnic origin. In some parts of the world, there
is a correlation between poverty rates, unemployment and violence against
children, making it challenging to identify a single risk factor.
Standing Up For Children
ChildFund believes that
all children should be able to grow up free from the threat of abuse. In 2002,
ChildFund International joined 10 other global organizations focused on children
to form the ChildFund Alliance, which
today has 12 members. Together, we have the opportunity to create joint
initiatives — like this call for action — that can make a
positive impact in the lives of children and families in need.
We have a
window of time to show the United Nations and the governments of the world that
ending child violence is an urgent priority. At present, the United Nations is
deciding which issues will be global priorities beginning in 2016, when the
current Millennium Development Goals conclude. We need your support to make sure
that children's needs are included in these future goals
Please sign the petition
today and make your voice heard. Together, we can effect real change and
protect children in need from violence and abuse, offering them the hope of a