World Vision believes that a world without violence against children is possible. It takes action from all members and institutions in society to end violence against children. This report focuses on a government’s duty to ensure that all actors can and will take action to end violence against children. To create an enabling environment, government must ensure a legal framework based on child rights and employ services and actors to protect those rights. An enabling environment also requires conditions favorable to implementing those services, such as funding and strategy.
This report reviews the government of Bangladesh’s progress to create the minimum conditions in law and policy needed to end violence against children. These minimum conditions align with provisions stated in the Convention on the Rights of Child and described in General Comment, General Measures of Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child that clarify necessary government actions to protect children from violence.
These minimum standards do not mean that government cannot do more to end violence against children, but rather, without these critical, foundational steps, it cannot enable all actors, within government, in civil society and in communities, to work in unity towards this achievable goal.