We must do more to keep kids safe from violence
Eleven-year-old Kila, plays rugby and guitar. He’s great at maths and dreams to be a pilot.
Five-year-old Alumeki picks out some books at an Australian Aid funded library.
Each and every early morning, Ryan paddles a canoe to his favourite spot to take a bath before going to school.
Children of Tobenam Village, Bogia District, Madang Province in traditional gear or 'bilas'.
Eden wants to be a nurse when she grows up, because she wants to help sick people.
Aloisia Dondon: “See that plane up in the sky? I will fly it one day.” Aloisia walks for kilometres just to get to school every day.
World Vision Child Learning Centre
PNG Kids attending a World Vision Child Learning Centre
According to research conducted by World Vision Australia:
75 percent of children experience physical abuse
307 child rapes reported over 12 months in Port Moresby
85 percent of men say they beat their children
50 percent of children feel unsafe in their neighbourhood
50 percent of parents admit to verbally abusing their child
29 percent of young people said they were beaten at least once a week by a male family member
18 percent of young people said they were beaten at least once a week by a female family member
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 by both the PNG and Australian Governments to do so....
Although Australia is a generous Aid partner to Pacific Nations, especially PNG. The Government only directs 0.1% of Australian aid specifically to End Violence Against Children (EVAC) programs (solely focused on children).
World Vision Australia recommends for the Australian Government to put children at the heart of Australian aid by:
This action will uphold Australia’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to leave no child behind. Australian aid must have a child wellbeing indicator because what gets measured gets done.
Sign the petition to put children at the heart of Australian Aid
An Alliance of child-focused NGOs in Papua New Guinea, including World Vision, has come together to create a new movement of Pikinini Defenders.
The first recommendation being made by their campaign is for the PNG Government to fund a commitment made in legislation to recruit 300 Child Protection Officers.
There are currently only 28 paid Child Protection Officers for the whole country.
More are desperately needed to be employed to serve as 'first responders' to children who survive violence. They help them to access shelter, medical assistance and report offences to the local police.
Sign our letter to PNG's High Commissioner to Australia
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.
We know what works to reduce violence, for example, programmes to change harmfulnorms 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
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)
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.