Protecting Children From Acts of Violence

Protecting children from violence was the focus of a high-level panel convened by the governments of Canada and Liberia on March 25 in New York at UNICEF House.

Julia Duncan Cassell, Liberia’s minister of gender and development, and Margaret Biggs, president of the Canadian International Development Agency, welcomed representatives of 49 governments and leading NGOs.

ChildFund Alliance Secretary-General Jim Emerson spoke on behalf of ChildFund and other peer organizations, including Family for Every Child, Plan International, Save the Children, UNICEF and World Vision International.

Emerson pointed out ongoing, worldwide child protection issues and called for action: “115 million children are working in the worst forms of child labor, and an estimated 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 are raped or subject to sexual violence. Three out of four children experience violent discipline at home. Over 2 million children around the world live in care institutions. At least 80 percent of these have one or both parents who are alive,” he said.

"This global crisis will only be resolved if governments, U.N. agencies and other actors engaged in the framework to develop the post-2015 agenda ensure that the protection of children from violence, abuse and exploitation is realized."

Read more about the event and a view a short video clip provided by UNICEF.

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