10 Things you need to know about violence against children in Asia Pacific

All children have the right to a safe and fulfilling childhood. But every year more than 1 billion children around the world experience violence. In fact, Asia Pacific has one of the highest rates of violence against children. Around 64 per cent of children aged between 2 and 17 years experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence in Asia Pacific over the past year. While Asia Pacific is a complex and diverse region with many different cultures and traditions, the devastating impact of violence against children is common across all countries. With the renewed focus on ending violence against children in the Agenda 2030 and the 2017 launch of World Vision’s It takes a world to end violence against children campaign, it is time for the region to act and break the cycle of violence.

The purpose of this document is to inform the strategic approach of policymakers and persuade and inform concerned members of the public to end violence against children in Asia Pacific. It outlines the ‘10 things you need to know about violence against children in Asia Pacific’ devised by World Vision to assist policymakers in developing actionable solutions to ending violence in the region. Ending violence against children in Asia Pacific requires partnership and collaboration across all sectors – government, civil society, children and youth, parents and caregivers, communities, media, academia, faith leaders and businesses. It also requires a mind shift of social values and norms, better and more informed data, and the willingness to recognise violence even where we may not be expecting it. In short, it is going to take a world. All of us.