Dublin, 26th February, 2015
‘Should violence against children be a global priority for the post-2015 agenda?’. This was the simple question put to over 11,000 people in 28 countries as part of an extensive survey examining peoples attitudes to the issue of child protection. An overwhelming 93% of respondents said ‘yes’, giving a very powerful endorsement of ChildFund’s efforts to make this issue an international policy goal, in this critical year for development.
Because violence against children takes place in every country, in every region, and at every socio-economic level, it is vital that prevention remains a priority for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. To show that there is widespread public support for this to happen, ChildFund Alliance and World Vision International commissioned global market researchers Ipsos Reid to survey people on the need to prioritise the prevention of violence against children, at a global level.
A panel discussion takes place in New York today – Thursday 26th February. ChildFund will use the opportunity to share the results of our survey and press the importance of addressing violence against children, as a global priority. Public perceptions often shape the understanding of the problem, the urgency to solve it, as well as the extent of measures applied to address it.
Felipe Cala, Global Advocacy & Policy Advisor for ChildFund Alliance said: “Perceptions that violence against children is less important than other issues, or that it is intractable or impossible to solve, can result in limited political commitment to meaningfully address it. However, the findings of this survey paint a different picture: there is a political dividend to prioritizing violence against children, with 93% of respondents stating that addressing violence against children should be a global priority.”
ChildFund Alliance and World Vision International hope the recommendations will provide useful insights for policy makers and leaders on child protection issues, and positively contribute to the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.
ChildFund Ireland is a member of the ChildFund Alliance; a worldwide alliance of children’s development organizations, working in 58 countries to improve the lives of vulnerable and excluded children, helping them overcome poverty and achieve their rights.
ChildFund’s ‘free from violence’ campaign was set up to advocate for the inclusion of ‘the prevention of violence and exploitation of children’ as one of the key development priorities in the post-2015 agenda, and to promote understanding of this issue. You can read about our most recent public awareness event and find out more about the campaign, here