The Fund to End Violence Against Children launched today a call to Governments and specialised organisations at local, regional and global levels to submit project proposals targeting online sexual exploitation and other forms of violence and abuse of children on the internet.
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 the most urgent of these rapidly emerging risks.
The Fund seeks and encourages proposals from:
- Countries intending to develop national plans to tackle online child sexual exploitation;
- Regional organisations that seek to mobilize their membership towards national action, and;
- Organisations that build capacity and capability to tackle the threat globally and enhance the quality and consistency of delivery of national capabilities.
“Online violence against children and sexual exploitation in particular are abhorrent crimes,” said Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. “We need political will and accelerated action in all countries to take action and protect children.”
“As we issue this call to release catalytic funding to those taking action, we also call for more resources to replenish the Fund and expand its activities,” added Ms. Bissell.
The call for proposals is supported by grants from the Government of the United Kingdom and Human Dignity Foundation, and in partnership with the WePROTECT Global Alliance.
“Online child sexual exploitation is heinous crime, which has a truly devastating impact on its victims,” said Sarah Newton, UK Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability. “What is illegal offline is illegal online and we cannot allow the internet to be looked upon as a safe space for sharing indecent images or preying on our children."
"In recognition of the scale, complexity and global nature of this crime, the Government has led international action on online child sexual exploitation through the WePROTECT Global Alliance, in addition to committing £40million over four years to the End Violence Against Children Fund,” added Ms. Newton.
Applications for funding are open until 30 September 2017 and will be reviewed by an independent panel of experts to select the most impactful projects. The call for proposals can be found at: http://www.end-violence.org/fund