Ending Violence Against Children
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WHEN CONSIDERING the issue of violence against children, images that come to mind tend to centre around conflict: orphans wandering decimated down-towns, destitute waifs in refugee camps, child soldiers recruited into rebel armies. However, most violence against children takes place where children should feel safest: in their homes. This issue of Global Future takes a look at a number of circumstances in which today's children face a range of threats and attacks, from child labour to slavery and trafficking; from imprisonment in adult institutions to torture and abuse; and from attacks in the home to attacks on the world's battlefields.
- Building a world fit for children - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy calls governments, NGOs, businesses and others to take the cause of children's well-being as their own.
- The Human Security Network at work - Canadian Foreign Minister Hon. John Manley calls for practical measures to be put into action in war-ravaged nations in order to protect children.
- Placing war-affected children on the world's agenda - Olara A. Otunnu, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, applauds progress already made, but calls for greater efforts to protect children.
- Child slavery in West Africa and beyond
- Children: a forbidden weapon of war
- Violence reverberates through the generations
- Protecting their rights
- Children as targets of torture
- Are we making progress?
- Actions speak louder than words
- On the streets in Cambodia
- Imagine a world where children are safe
Authorities on - and advocates for - today's children, such as UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and UN Under-Secretary General Olara Otunnu, talk in this edition of Global Future about the status of today's children, especially those in the developing world. But, in addition to discussing the dire conditions in which children find themselves, they also talk about tools available to the world community to begin reversing those conditions. Tools such as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 'Say Yes for Children' campaign, the Human Security Network, and the International Labour Organisation's Convention 182. Melanie Gow, World Vision's policy officer for child rights, talks on page 20 about a new advocacy campaign launched by World Vision to publicise and seek action on this issue. Some of these tools are relatively new; some have been around for years, waiting for the world to sit up and take notice. And more importantly, to take action. The time to act is now. We can't afford to wait. Neither can our children.