COVID-19 puts millions of children at increased risk of violence
Let's protect children from all forms of abuse
Even before COVID-19 upended families, societies, economies and systems, one billion children (half the world's children) would be affected by some form of violence each year!
The ripple effects of the pandemic are putting an additional 85 million children at risk of physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse.
As part of our global response to COVID-19, we are working to limit the spread of the virus while also helping protect children from the direct and indirect impacts COVID-19 is having on them, their families and their communities.
Around the world, our teams are influencing policies to ensure children are protected from violence. Help us advocate for the most vulnerable and ensure erradicating violence against children is a prirority for leaders.
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Out of the ruins of one of Nepal’s worst natural disasters, a young girl from a mountain village created lasting change for girls in her community.
Stop a lost generation
COVID-19 is putting 85 million more children at risk of violence.
Isolated in unsafe homes, sent to work or pushed into early marriage, millions of boys and girls could be facing physical, emotional and sexual abuse as result of the pandemic.
Many children are already suffering and helplines are being overwhelmed with calls.
The effects on these children will last a lifetime. We must prevent this devastating legacy.
Please help us to convince governments and UN agencies to act.
Please call on governments and institutions to urgently increase funding for health, education and other social services that protect children from all forms of violence and abuse, especially for girls and boys at greater risk due to the impacts of COVID-19.
Stop a lost generation
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A perfect storm:
As many as 85 million children are at increased risk of violence as a result of COVID-19. Learn about the problem and our efforts to protect children.