The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed on the 4th June. It was established by the UN in 1982 with the aim of ensuring that all children develop in freedom and dignity and grow up in a safe and caring environment.
What is The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression?The purpose of the day is to acknowledge that many children throughout the world, regardless of whether they live in circumstances of war or peace, are victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. It calls on individuals and organisations all over the world to be aware of the scale and impact of this abuse of children and to learn from or take part in campaigns to protect children's rights. ChildHope, along with other organisations working to protect and promote the rights of children, supports this call.
Children who suffer injustice and poverty need to be protected and empowered by the adult world that creates these situations, not only through their direct actions but also indirectly, through global problems such as climate change and urbanisation.
Violence and abuse against children has a shockingly high occurrence worldwide. Research undertaken by the UN has found that 98% of children worldwide are not legally protected from corporal punishment in their homes and that in 2002, 150 million girls and 73 million boys under the age of 18 experienced some form of sexual violence. Many countries also face problems with violence against children in schools; for instance in many places there is no law prohibiting bullying or corporal punishment, which is considered by many teachers, parents and community members to be a normal way to discipline children.
ChildHope work to protecting vulnerable children from abuse in schoolsChildHope is currently working in partnership with a Ugandan organisation, African Network for Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) to protect vulnerable children from abuse in their school. We are working in situations where adults are abusing their positions of responsibility, power and trust, mistakenly believing that severe punishment leads to better behaviour at home and improved performance at school.
As a consequence millions of children, especially girls, continue to live and learn in an environment ruled by fear and abuse. The aim of the project is to create a safer environment at home and schools by empowering children, especially girls, to protect themselves from violence, improving the quality of teaching, raising awareness of the damaging effects of violence on children, and lobbying for the government to improve and enforce policies and laws that can protect children from violence.
We hope that, through this project 25,000 children will be protected from violence in their schools and able to understand and defend their right to live a life free of violence both at home and at school. We believe all children deserve a life free from injustice and abuse. Even if living in some of the most difficult and dangerous circumstances imaginable, with the right support children can get out of abusive situations and make lasting and positive changes to their lives.