Protection from violence
Every child has the right to live free from violence at home, in school, in public spaces and in their communities.
We aim to prevent and respond to violence against children and youth, especially girls and young women, and promote their right to live free from violence and fear.
We do this by way of awareness-raising and advocacy, community-based programming, capacity-building and research and evidence-building whilst working with a variety of partners at all levels.
Why? Because violence against children and youth, especially girls and young women, can have serious and long-lasting impacts on their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being, and future ability to thrive.
Girls are more likely to experience certain forms of violence such as sexual violence, exploitation, and trafficking. Girls and young women are disproportionally impacted by violence due to their age and gender, which can also intersect with factors such as race, disability, ethnicity, and whether they are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, to further increase the risk of exposure to violence.
Violence against girls and young women has multiple causes and consequences, therefore it requires a comprehensive approach that addresses its root causes and promotes gender equality, as well as support and protection for survivors.