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ChildFund Influences Decision Makers

At ChildFund, we advocate to end violence against children. We combine our programs with efforts to encourage local and national leaders to prioritize the protection and well-being of children and youth.

ChildFund’s Advocacy Focus: Ending All Forms of Violence Against Children

More than half the world’s children, up to 1 billion, endure violence every year. Violence comes in many forms — including abuse, neglect and exploitation — and can be physical, sexual or emotional. ChildFund is recognized as a leader in the fight against violence towards children. Learn more about our child protection efforts

Our programs address a wide range of child protection issues, including combating the harmful practices of child labor; unnecessary institutionalization; violence in schools, homes and communities; corporal punishment; child marriage; and lack of birth registration, among others. Violence against children not only harms children, but it also undermines progress in other areas, including health, education and economic livelihoods.

We Advocate at All Levels — from Local to Global

ChildFund conducts advocacy through our national offices in the countries where we work, our local partner organizations and our Washington, D.C. office.

Ending violence against children is central to ChildFund’s advocacy at every level — from raising awareness with children, families and communities to influencing policy at all levels of government.

ChildFund and our local partner organizations educate families and communities about ways to prevent violence against children and advocate for social norm changes like ending corporal punishment and early marriage.

In addition to advocating for social norm changes, ChildFund works with community members to raise their concerns to local and state-level officials.

ChildFund works with communities to identify child protection risks and other threats to children’s well-being. Using what we learn from our work with children and families, ChildFund advocates with national governments to create, implement and fund policies that address relevant child protection concerns.

 

Since U.S. policies and funding have far-reaching effects, ChildFund works with the U.S. government to ensure that its foreign assistance policies are effective and appropriately address child protection risks.

ChildFund contributes to global advocacy efforts alongside fellow members of ChildFund Alliance, a global network of child-focused development organizations.

 
 
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Working with Decision Makers around the World

 

Building Strong Beginnings in Senegal

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Fighting Corporal Punishment in Timor-Leste

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Speaking Up for Child Protection in Uganda

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Working with the United States Government

ChildFund works with the U.S. government to ensure that our foreign policy efforts prioritize the needs of children and youth.

 
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The U.S. government’s Action Plan for Children in Adversity (APCA) seeks “to achieve a world in which all children grow up within protective family care and free from deprivation, exploitation and danger.” To achieve this, APCA has three principal objectives: Build strong beginnings (addressing the physical and developmental needs of children under 5), put family care first (enable families to care for their children and prevent unnecessary separation), and protect children (working with national governments to protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect). The APCA outlines a whole-of-government approach to coordinate efforts, build an evidence base for child protection programming, and strengthen holistic and integrated models to promote the best interests of the child.

ChildFund, as an early supporter of APCA, continues to advise and collaborate with the government on next steps for APCA, which is set to expire in 2017. ChildFund is a member of the Children in Adversity Policy Partnership (CAPP) coalition, through which it coordinates its support of APCA, serving on CAPP’s steering committee and working with partner organizations to set CAPP’s agenda.

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Although we know what interventions are most successful in preventing unnecessary maternal and child deaths, nearly 830 mothers and 16,000 children around the world die every day. The bipartisan Reach Every Mother and Child (REACH) Act aims to end preventable child and maternal deaths by the year 2035. The bill calls for a coordinated U.S. government strategy to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths. This includes setting ambitious targets to be set, tracked, and annually reported on; focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable populations; improving coordination among U.S. government agencies; engaging innovative, public-private financing mechanisms to complement U.S. bilateral investments; and accelerating partner country progress in addressing maternal, newborn and child health.

 

WHAT'S NEW

Family Reunification at the US/Mexico Border

Violence and poverty in many countries in Latin America are forcing thousands of children and families to make the dangerous journey to seek asylum in the United States. During this process, many children have become separated from their families.

ChildFund International has endorsed the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action’s list of recommendations for the reunification of separated children with their families. This list urges that the best interests of children be at the forefront of the reunification and legal process, advocates for children and their families to receive adequate mental health support and calls for the end of family detention.

50 CEOs sign letter to Secretary Tillerson on Women and Girls’ Empowerment

ChildFund is proud to stand with almost 50 CEOs and corporate leaders on a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, calling on him to make women and girls’ empowerment a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy and development assistance. The letter, which was sent on September 5th, emphasizes the economic benefits of investing in and increasing opportunities for women and girls, and calls on Secretary Tillerson to appoint high-level leadership on these critical issues. ChildFund is especially proud to stand by some of our most strategic partners, TOMS and P&G, in supporting this letter. ChildFund knows firsthand how girls’ education and empowerment transforms impoverished communities. The message is clear: When women and girls thrive, everyone wins.

 

THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

A new priority infuses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015: Violence against children has taken a prominent place among the world’s next set of goals for addressing extreme poverty until 2030.

ChildFund, its fellow members of ChildFund Alliance and like-minded organizations worldwide celebrated the inclusion of violence against children as a priority as a great first step. But for the world to achieve a future in which children are free from violence and exploitation, we must step forward together — civil society, governments, communities, families and especially children — toward that future.

ChildFund remains committed to calling on world leaders to transform the high-level, political commitment embodied in the SDGs into real investments in protecting children around the globe: stronger laws and policies and well-supported systems and services that are funded and targeted.

When they do, communities will be better able to do the work of transforming themselves into environments with children’s well-being at heart.

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Sustainable Development Goals