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Fifteen additional grants to make the internet safer for children, the Fund to End Violence Against Children announces

New York, 8 February 2018 - The Fund to End Violence Against Children today announced US$12.2 million to be issued in a new round of grants. The new funding will support 15 projects working to combat online sexual exploitation and abuse of children around the world.

Globally, children face cyber-threats that are often poorly understood and underestimated by policymakers and parents alike. Online sexual exploitation and abuse of children is one of the most urgent of these rapidly emerging risks.

Supported by £40 million over five years from the United Kingdom and US$5 million from Human Dignity Foundation, and in partnership with the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online, the Fund received submissions from every region of the world, highlighting the global problem.

Victoria Atkins, UK Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, said, “Children across the globe are being sexually exploited online, every second, every minute, every hour and this has to stop. The UK Government is working to protect children and bring those who seek to exploit and harm them to justice. This is why we have already donated £20 million to the End Violence against Children fund and have committed a further £20 million by 2019.

“I am delighted the money donated by the UK Government has successfully been allocated to a further 15 new projects around the world. Each project is committed to making a real difference both nationally and internationally in tackling the growing global threat of online child sexual exploitation.”

The funded projects will also raise awareness and educate children, families, teachers and other caregivers to better identify and protect children from online risks; build capacity of service providers and professionals to ensure that victims receive quality support services; strengthen policy and legislative reforms to protect children and prosecute offenders; and engage with industry to comply with global standards and legal requirements to make the internet safer for children.

The 15 projects were selected following an independent and evidence-based review by an expert panel, with final grants approved by the Fund’s Steering Committee. The new projects bring the number of grants awarded by the Fund to 30 with US$23.2 million awarded to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse. This follows 15 grants totaling US$11 million a year ago.

The new grantees from the Fund to End Violence Against Children are:

 

Project Name

Grantee

Bosnia and Herzegovina

End violence against children: Preventing and tackling online child sexual exploitation and abuse in Bosnia & Herzegovina

UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina, Save the Children, and International Forum of Solidarity (EMMAUS) Child Protection Consortium

Dominican Republic

Protection for every child against sexual exploitation and abuse

UNICEF Dominican Republic

Ghana

Protecting children from cyber predators: A safe online future for all children in Ghana

UNICEF Ghana

Kenya

Development and implementation of a National Plan of Action to prevent and respond to online child abuse and exploitation

UNICEF Kenya

Madagascar

Strengthening the national protection system to prevent and respond to online child sexual exploitation and abuse in Madagascar

UNICEF Madagascar

Mongolia

Adopting Model National Response in preventing and tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse in Mongolia

UNICEF Mongolia

State of Palestine

Safe online environment for children

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution

South Africa

Strengthening children’s online safety in South Africa

UNICEF South Africa

Sri Lanka

Developing a National Action Plan tackling the online sexual exploitation of children in Sri Lanka

Save the Children Denmark

Tanzania

Preventing and responding to online child sexual exploitation and abuse

UNICEF Tanzania

Vietnam

Tackling online child sexual exploitation in Vietnam

World Vision International in Vietnam

Regional

End online child sexual exploitation and abuse @Europe

Council of Europe

Global

Implementing the Model National Response: A collaborative approach to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in five countries

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children with Child Helpline International

Global

What works to prevent and respond to child online abuse

World Health Organization

Global

UNICEF global programme to build capacity to address online child sexual exploitation

UNICEF Child Protection, Programmes Division

 

About the Fund to End Violence Against Children

The Fund to End Violence Against Children supports activities to achieve the vision of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children – A world in which every child grows up free from violence.

The Fund aims to prove through ‘catalytic’ investment that evidence-based programming yields tangible results and there is an ‘investment case’ to be made, in particular with regard to national resources; it does not intend to replace existing financing at country or global levels, or fund large scale programmes.

To learn more about the Fund and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children please visit end-violence.org.

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