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Two Days Left (Day 17 of 19 Days of Activism for prevention of violence against children)

Map of 19 days of activism240 organizations from 88 countries have registered their planned activities with the WWSF campaign “19 Days of Activism for prevention of violence against children and youth 1-19 November”. Collectively about 1000 activities and events have been announced.    The 2013 award winning organizations, receiving the annual Prize for innovative prevention measures, will be announced on 19 November – World Day – via a  press release and direct announcements.  Learn More: WWSF

Be Aware of the Prevalence of Abuse (Day 3 of 19 Days of Activism)

Day 3 of 19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Neglect:

Ariana-Leilani 1Selected facts and figures (UN sources)

  • As many as 150 million girls and 73 million boys worldwide are raped or subject to sexual violence each year, usually by someone in their family circle
  • Between 133 and 275 million children annually are estimated to witness domestic violence. Violence in the family, in the form of harsh punishment, is common in both industrialized and developing countries. Children in all regions have reported the physical and psychological hurt they suffer at the hands of their parents and caregivers
  • Corporal punishment, such as beating and caning is standard practice in schools in a large number of countries, and is often responsible for school drop-outs
  • Between 20 and 65 percent of school-age children report having been verbally or physically bullied • 126 million children and youth are involved in hazardous work, often enduring beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers • Between 80 and 100 million girls are ‘missing’ from the world’s population – victims of gender-based infanticide, foeticide, malnutrition and neglect
  • 1.2 million children are trafficked each year
  • Institutionalized children – whether in orphanages or detention facilities – are at particular risk of violence from the staff responsible for their care, including torture, beatings, isolation, restraints, rape and harassment
  • People who are part of their lives perpetrate the majority of violent acts against children: parents, teachers, schoolmates, employers, and caregivers. In only 29 States has all violence against children been prohibited, leaving the vast majority of the world’s child population without adequate legal protection from violence
  • Violence against children extracts extraordinary costs to society, and is linked to lifelong social and health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder; depression; antisocial and aggressive behaviors; substance abuse; lung, heart, and liver disease; impaired academic and work performance; problematic peer relations; and greater involvement with the criminal justice system.

Ariana-Leilani suffers each and every day from abuse and neglect.  Sign her petition to get her the help she needs and to save her life.

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Ariana-Leilani Has Suffered from Five Years of Abuse and Neglect, But DC Officials Refuse to Protect Her (Day 2 of 19 Days of Activism)

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Ariana-Leilani and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu

Day 2 of 19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Neglect: It is time for the District of Columbia to stop protecting those that abuse and neglect children in the District of Columbia and ignore the human rights of its children.   Ariana-Leilani has been subject to abuse and neglect for five years, test results evidence her being given drugs that can cover up abuse and cause her severe chronic neutropenia.  But the District of Columbia has knowingly allowed her to be subject to such severe abuse and neglect, but has chosen to cover it up rather than protect her.  Unless she is given relief, she is likely to die.

Sign her petition to get her the help she needs and to save her life.

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19 Days of Activism for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth 1-19 November

19daysThe 19 Days Campaign is a WWSF initiative launched in 2011 by the Children-Youth Section and sponsored by the Women’s World Summit Foundation – WWSF and other partners.

As a multi-issue coalition of diverse partners using the 19 Days Campaign as an organizing strategy in the fight against at least one of the 19 abuse/violence issues presented in the list of campaign themes, you help create a world fit for children by:

  • Raising public awareness of the multi-faceted problem of abuse and violence
  • Mobilizing agents for change, organizations, institutions and grassroots faith-based groups
  •  Educating for better prevention measures
  •  Strengthening local, national and international initiatives
  •  Establishing collaboration with other campaign partners
  •  Creating support at the national, regional and international level
  •  Linking prevention with the Convention on the rights of the child and the UN Study on violence against children
  •  Lobbying governments to implement UN Study recommendations and in particular “prioritize prevention”

Aims of the 19 Days Campaign

Continue to bring to light the alarming problem, its multifaceted aspects and the need to generate sufficient civil society interest and government and public support for better prevention measures

Catalyze grassroots support for the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children – SRSG VAC

Create new synergies at all levels between diverse actors (youth included) to empower the international community in its commitment to eliminating violence against children and youth

The 19 Campaign themes

  • Sale of children (2013 main theme)
  • Child prostitution (2013 main theme)
  • Child pornography (2013 main theme)
  • Children involved in armed conflict
  • Sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Neglect
  • Child labor
  • Corporal punishment (2011 main theme)
  • Child trafficking
  • Child sex tourism
  • Harmful traditional practices
  • Street children
  • Discrimination based on health conditions
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Malnutrition
  • Dangers of ICTs
  • Abduction
  • Juvenile death penalty

Ariana-Leilani is being abused and neglected.  As a result, she suffers from Severe Chronic Neutropenia — where her neutrophil levels are at life threatening low levels making her prone to fatal infection.   She needs medicine to control her condition.  Please sign her petition:

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Presentation of SRSG on Violence against Children Annual Report to the 22nd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council – Full Day Discussion: Rights of Child

HRCUN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG), Marta Santos Pais, presented her new report during the 22nd  Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 7 March 2013, in Geneva.  

In the annual full day meeting on the rights of the child, the Human Rights Council focused on the right of the child, like Ariana-Leilani, to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health. The meeting included discussions on the challenges in achieving the full realization of the universal right to health and focused on strengthening the implementation of the right of the child to health and on accountability mechanisms that need to be in place to ensure that Member States comply with their human rights obligations.

The Special Representative on Violence against Children participated in a panel with experts from the Government of Uruguay, UN agencies, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, the European Commission, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Special Rapporteur on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, academia, civil society and child representatives from Bolivia and Haiti.

In her statement, SRSG Marta Santos Pais emphasized the human rights imperative to end violence against children and stated that violence is a major public health concern that affects children of all ages of development.

“Violence is a leading cause of death. In 90% of the cases, incidents take place in non-war affected situations, including as a result of interpersonal, self-inflicted or community violence. Violence provokes anxiety, emotional distress, depression, and low self esteem; it is associated with poor health, sleeping and eating disorders, obesity, toxic and post-traumatic stress and it may lead to aggressive and risk behaviour, propensity to alcohol and drug abuse, conduct disorder and delinquency, as well as self-harm, disability and death,” said the SRSG.

Ms Santos Pais recognized the crucial role of health professionals as they are often the first point of contact for those at risk and frequently perceived as less stigmatizing than law enforcement agencies.

Health personnel help to detect the harm and damage provoked by incidents of violence – in the form of physical aggression, psychological ill-treatment, neglect, injury or sexual abuse. They support and provide treatment, counselling, trauma therapy or emergency health care. They provide recovery and long lasting reintegration services and are critical to enable investigation of incidents and prosecution of those found responsible.
“Action is of essence to enhance our shared accountability for the realization of children’s right to health. I feel pressed by a strong sense of urgency. It is critical to put in place in each country a comprehensive, well-coordinated and well-resourced agenda, with a special emphasis on legislation that recognizes children’s right to health including universal, affordable and inclusive health services and an explicit legal ban on all forms of violence against children. All laws that provide any justifications or allow consent to harmful practices should be removed in the legislation,” highlighted the SRSG.
Ms Santos Pais also explained the important role of partnering with children to expose health risks and concerns. Their insights remain instrumental to inform policy and legal solutions, and to evaluate how well we are doing in promoting children’s highest attainable standard of health.
“Joining hands together, these goals are clearly within reach!” concluded Ms. Santos Pais.

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