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  • How has Rwanda saved the lives of 590,000 children? http://bbc.in/1OIFq30
  • Spain has moved to raise the minimum legal age for marriage from 14 to 16 http://bit.ly/1AlbsGj
  • Bulgari is marking the Milan Expo by donating all proceeds from the sales of a special pendant and ring for the duration of the expo to Save the Children http://bit.ly/1JbMu1g
  • A study by the University of Montreal has linked poverty and an unsafe school environment to childhood obesity http://bit.ly/1EuSfGa
  • And another study from Duke University and the University of North Carolina has shown that orphaned boys are just as vulnerable to abuse as girls http://bit.ly/1EuSHo0

News Roundup April 17

  • Changing attitudes is the best way to protect kids from everyday violence: http://bit.ly/1Omr9DM
  • Why ending child marriage should be a target of the Sustainable Development Goals: http://bit.ly/1EQwzGq
  • UNICEF is using the mobile phone photo app Snapchat to tell the stories of children in Nigeria: http://tnw.co/1FRGTKc
  • Eurochild reports that the National Network for Children (Bulgaira) has released its 2015 'Report Card': http://bit.ly/1b9OU5S
  • A study by researchers at the University of Buffalo has found that 1 in 3 teen boys attempt suicide following sexual abuse: http://bit.ly/1IlXRmY

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News Roundup March 26

  • The EU is lending its support to anti chil marriage campaigns in Africa: http://bit.ly/1Iybz6y
  • The Eurochild website is reporting that the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants has published a report on undocumented children that highlights examples of prmising government prectices in the areas of education, health, and prevention of violence: http://bit.ly/1EH93Hh
  • Cure Violence was featured on NPR with a report on a recent program in Syracuse, NY: http://bit.ly/1xBmuM1
  • Domestic abuse has been making headlines in Australia over the last few weeks. Here's a report on how children view domestic abuse: http://bit.ly/19TvYHJ
  • On the UNICEF blog, a recent post asks 'How do we stop childhood adversity from becoming a lifelong sentence?': http://bit.ly/1CrDJ26

News Roundup March 18

  • UNICEF has teamed up with the LEGO Group to lay out a plan for considering children's rights in LEGO's business for the future: http://bit.ly/19rCPYR
  • At the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the representative of Qatar highlighted the need to ensure that protecting children from violence be at the core of the Post 2015 development agenda: http://bit.ly/1EvFVoT
  • Following the devastating cyclone in Vanuatu, Save the Children announced that 75,000 children could be in desperate need of food and aid: http://bit.ly/1xeq0M0
  • And Childfund is just one of the organizations that has laucnhed an appeal to support aid to the country: http://cnb.cx/1BUebdH
  • In the UK, and coming in the wake of yet more revelations surrounding the wide spread child sex abuse scandal, Home Secretary Teresa May has stated the child abuse whistleblowers should be immune from prosecution under the Official Secrets Act: http://ind.pn/1DytScF

News Roundup March 12

Last Sunday was International Women's Day and UNICEF had ten quick facts on trends and progress for girls around the world: http://uni.cf/1HIy8oz

And KNow Violence in Childhood had a special blog post to mark the occassion: http://bit.ly/1BVjzxD

UNICEF has also recently released a short film with the story of Ishmael Beah, a former child solder and the author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier: http://on.mash.to/1Ahhyr6

The Independent had the story of a boy refugee's journey from Gaza to Italy: http://ind.pn/1L0VCL1

Also in The Independent , founder and director of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Doreen Lawrence wrote about the silent epidemic of violence against children and her hope for 2015 to become a year of change: http://ind.pn/1C8ivXd

In the US, the view of violence as disease has certainly taken hold and now the Baltimore Health Department will be awarding commuinty who have been working to prevent youth violence in the city: http://bit.ly/1AhiUlJ

News Roundup March 4

  • First up, in EU news, the Council of Europe is expected to speak out against French laws which it sees as failing to ban the smacking of children: http://yhoo.it/1EMftZy
  • UNICEF has expressed fears that a number of boys kidnapped in South Sudan are going to be sent to the front lines as soldiers: http://yhoo.it/1EMftZy
  • Marta Santos Pais congratulated the Indonesian government on including violence against children in its new development plan and stated that politcal will and steady action can bring an end to violence: http://bit.ly/1BGdFAo
  • In the UK, David Cameron has described child sexual exploitation as a 'national threat': http://bit.ly/1BGdMfh
  • And in response, the Guardian has published an editorial asking for smart action rather than tough talk in addressing the issue: http://bit.ly/1BGfyx5
  • A film based on the novel Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala will bring the plight of child soldiers to a wide audience when it screens on Netflix later this year: http://bit.ly/1AZiP9X
  • The C&A Foundation has teamed up with Save the Children to support millions of mothers coping with humanitarian crises: http://prn.to/1EflJKh
  • A report in Australia has found that 1 million Australian children are affected by the alcohol abuse of parents or caregivers: http://ab.co/1EflQp5

What Do Waffles and Weak Ties Have to Do With Improving Children’s Lives?

A new conference approach will mix waffles and fun with a chance to work across fields to find where business, government, and philanthropy can intersect with solutions for improving the lives of children at Civic Hall (http://civichall.org), New York City on February 12.

Hosted by WithoutViolence (http://www.withoutviolence.org) in collaboration with UNICEF (http://www.unicef.org), Solutions Summit: A Multipurpose Approach to Improving Children’s Lives will make the case for investing in solutions to violence against children.

Wafles & Dinges (http://www.wafelsanddinges.com) will be on hand to serve up fresh waffles and keep the creative energy levels up.

The physical, psychological and sexual violence against children worldwide may cost governments up to US$ 7 trillion (8% of global GDP). But there is growing evidence that this violence can be prevented with cost-effective strategies.

Dipak Naker of Raising Voices (Uganda), one of the speakers, remarked: “If we have learned anything in our work on violence prevention it is this; that It is important to go beyond our comfort zone. We must reach out to people we do not ordinarily speak with. Everyone must play their role to change the underlying ‘blindness’ that continues to tolerate violence against children.”

Speaking about the reasons for organizing the event, Joanna Mikulski of WithoutViolence said: “This event is about searching for the answers and figuring out how to make deeper connections with the networks of people to whom we have so-called ‘weak ties’ that open us up to broader networks than those we usually interact with day-to-day.”

The event will showcase effective programs like—

• Cure Violence, a model for disrupting the spread of street violence that was last year expanded from 5 to 14 precincts of New York City after a program area in Brooklyn went a year without a shooting or killing.

• Positive parenting programs implemented by the International Rescue Committee in Myanmar and Liberia that reduced the use of harsh physical punishment by parents and caregivers by up to 64%.

Speakers and participants will include Lori White, Upworthy; Tom Watson, Forbes; Constanze Niedermaier, Whyzz LLC, and Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood; Donna Levin, Care.com; Karen Volker, Cure Violence; Dipak Naker, Raising Voices (Uganda); Tina Musuya of the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (Uganda); Susan Bissell and Marissa Buckanoff, UNICEF; Jana Hainsworth and Prema Humpal, Eurochild; Lena Karlsson and Silvia Oñate, Save the Children; Katy Barnett and Solène Edouard, Child Protection Working Group; Daniel Muhwezi and Ntakamaze Nziyonvira of CIYOTA (Uganda); Josseline Narrea Quiroz, and Yim Rodriguez of INFANT (Peru); Laura Boone and Kate Philips-Barrasso of the International Rescue Committee, and Ramya Subrahmanian of Know Violence.

The summit will comprise a number of panel discussions that will explore how the world is actually getting better for kids, and how innovative technologies and policies can help to further improve children’s lives.

See the agenda and RSVP for your spot at this important event at http://www.withoutviolence.org/solutionssummit/

News Roundup January 28

  • A report by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law has criticised the US government for vfailing to invest in solutions to child abuse among other shortcomings including poor enforcement of child protection laws: http://bit.ly/1CLGknx find the full report here: http://www.caichildlaw.org/ShameonUS.htm

  • Child psychiatrist, Boris Rubinstein wrote a detailed piece on the effects of corporal punishment and the challenges faced by parents for the Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1D8yUsg

  • UNICEF has released a new music video with RL Grime to highlight child marriage and it's being shared with the hashtag #ENDChildMarriageNow http://bit.ly/1Hb5v76

  • Save the Children has praised President Obama's call to invest in early childhood: http://bit.ly/159zGd6

  • Cases of two teenage girls lead to Ethiopian women vowing to turn the tide of violence, rape and murder: http://bit.ly/1wz2lig

  • Conviction for doctor in Egypt's first female genital mutilation case: http://rfi.my/1z1UdwG

  • UNICEF is reporting the release of 3000 child soldiers in South Sudan: http://strib.mn/1yMIRfs

  • Obamas Honor Work Of 12-Year-Old Child Slave Turned Activist During India Trip http://buff.ly/1EpIGdC

  • How the Decline of Child Marriages Helps the Fight Against Poverty http://buff.ly/1EpIZoy

Violence is Preventable

“Violence is Preventable”: This is the message of a new short film launched today by WithoutViolence (www.WithoutViolence.org). The animated film outlines facts about the impact of violence and underscores some of the ways in which violence in the lives of children has been effectively reduced around the globe. Giving examples of initiatives in the United States, South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil, the animated film illustrates how different approaches, such as the reduction of alcohol sales after 11pm in Diadema, Brazil, or the promotion of literacy in Istanbul, Turkey, prove that violence is a preventable problem.

The film’s launch coincides with significant actions by several countries to prevent violence against children. In June, the Brazilian government made a landmark decision to approve a new law prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment against children. The Brazilian decision brings the percentage of the world’s population of children legally protected from violence from 5% to 8% in 38 countries. A similar ban was adopted by Malta earlier this year. Responding to the advocacy of INFANT, a youth-led organization, Peru has declared 2015 to be the “Year of Dignity for Boys and Girls, for a Childhood Without Violence.”

The film, produced by WithoutViolence in cooperation with Fenton, is available to view online at www.WithoutViolence.org and viewers are encouraged to share the film via Twitter with the #thisisforkids hashtag or through their favorite social media channel.

Michael Feigelson, Interim Executive Director of Bernard Van Leer Foundation a funder of WithoutViolence: “We’ve learned a lot about what works to prevent violence against children. Violence need not be an inevitable part of a child’s life. It’s a behavior that can be changed. With the launch of this short film we are sending out the message that we can break the cycle of violence that impacts all of us. Decisions such as that taken by the Brazilian government confirm to us that there is a real desire to improve the lives of children but more world leaders need to see that real solutions do exist.”

WithoutViolence, last month launched the Voices From The Field Fellowship to help build the communications and advocacy capacity of organizations working to prevent violence against children so that they can inspire deeper and more sustained engagement on the issue.

Selected as Fellows are: Gary Slutkin and Karen Volker of Cure Violence (U.S., South America, Middle East), Dipak Naker of Raising Voices (Uganda), Tina Musuya of the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (Uganda), Marissa Buckanoff, and Karin Heissler of UNICEF (Global), BjörnBecker and Jana Hainsworth of Eurochild (Europe), Lena Karlsson and Silvia Oñate of Save the Children (Global), Katy Barnett and Solène Edouard of the Child Protection Working Group (Global), Daniel Muhwezi and Ntakamaze Nziyonvira of CIYOTA(Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo), Josseline Narrea Quiroz, and Mayra Vásquez Tuesta of INFANT (Peru), and Laura Boone and Kate Philips-Barrasso of the International Rescue Committee (Global), and Ramya Subrahmanian of Know Violence (Global).

Susan Bissell, UNICEF’s Child Protection Section chief, “A growing constellation of actors – from governments, to NGOs and INGOs, civil society organizations, parents’ groups, children and UN agencies – are coming together around a common goal: ending violence against children. Knowing that violence is entirely preventable and that we know what needs to be done about it must further propel our collective and individual actions. The new, big goals for the international community – being negotiated now – provide yet another opportunity to incorporate violence reduction into global ambitions and targets and against which we can collectively track resource allocation and progress.”

Lena Karlsson, Director of Child Protection Initiative at Save the Children said: “We’re excited by the opportunity WithoutViolence will give us to strengthen our capacity to effectively communicate how we can stop violence against children. By working in collaboration with a number of other organizations who are facing similar challenges to ours, we hope to be able to enter new partnerships with the media, private sector and opinion leaders – so that we collectively bring the voices of children and put child protection higher on the national and the international agenda.”

Tina Musuya, Executive Director, Center for Domestic Violence Prevention is also participating in the fellowship: “We introduced SASA! in Kampala and the program yielded very significant results in creating wide social change to prevent violence against women. WithoutViolence will help us to communicate in a compelling way the story of SASA!, and how the SASA! approach can be implemented throughout east Africa and other contexts.”

WithoutViolence is a new global pilot project of the Network of European Foundations designed to help violence prevention leaders communicate solutions and accelerate impact to improve the lives of boys and girls. WithoutViolence is a joint project of the Elevate Children Funders Groups.