A sobering new report details, for the first time, the shocking levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect faced by children living in the Pacific and Timor Leste.
It’s time to put child protection at the heart of everything we do. We know what works to reduce violence, for example, programmes to change harmful norms in communities, school education focusing on respectful relationships, the establishment of safe houses and creation of a strong child protection workforce. We can end violence but it will take a targeted investment to do so.
Unseen, Unsafe Report: Case Studies (PDF)
World Vision Australia's Media Release
Dear the Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific and Mr Pat Conroy MP, Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific,
I would like your bi-partisan agreement to put children at the centre of Australia’s aid programs. A child’s first 1,000 days of life shape their lifelong health, cognitive development and growth. Childhood poverty often leads to stunting and mental health, behavioural and social problems.
Investing in children early limits intergenerational poverty and illness. I urge you to make the following reforms to Australian aid a top priority:
Children and their rights
Children are entitled to special care and assistance and also entitled to exercise their right to participate in matters affecting them.
Most vulnerable childrenWe focus our work on reaching and supporting children who live in catastrophic situations and relationships characterised by violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation, exclusion and discrimination.
We seek improved learning outcomes, particularly for the most vulnerable children, through high-quality and inclusive education at all stages of the life cycle.
Maternal and newborn child healthWe affirm that all people, including women and children, should be well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services, regardless of where they live.
Young peopleWe recognise the importance of supporting and working with young people to ensure their voice, ideas and actions have a platform and can contribute to positive change and to building peaceful societies.
A collection of drawings by Syrian children, the most vulnerable victims of a brutal civil war, curated by Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty, with a Foreword by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan.
Ben Quilty has assembled this heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of drawings by Syrian children. These drawings form an extraordinary testament to the resilience of a generation of survivors whose childhood has been shaped by the worst war of our century. Their art speaks directly to us all as human beings, and we have an obligation to listen closely and seriously.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will directly support World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces, early childhood and basic education projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
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World Vision has a bold plan for the Australian Government to ensure that at least 80% of Australian Aid investments, regardless of their objectives, effectively support, protect and empower children.
Read our Recommendations to the Government: Children First (PDF 586KB)
A decent education is every child's right.
According to the first target of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, all young people should complete upper secondary school by 2030. Around the world, only 43% of young people did so in the period 2008-14.
You can help with that.
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