Children in India (and those who love and care for children too) have a great opportunity to contribute to the landmark UN study on Violence Against Children. The study is an effort to provide a detailed global picture of the nature, extent and causes of violence against children, and propose clear recommendations for action to prevent and reduce such violence.
The focus of the study will be on prevention strategies, in particular through the identification of best practices in prevention, including those designed by children.
The study defines violence as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual that results or is likely to result in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation. The study also bases its understanding of violence on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The study was mandated by the General Assembly following which the Secretary-General appointed Independent Expert Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro to lead the study. Prof. Pinheiro is a former Secretary of State for Human Rights of Brazil and has directed the country's Centre for the Study of Violence since 1990.
The study will focus on the nature and extent of violence against children in five settings:
For each type of violence, the study will review what is known about the causes and associated risk and protective factors. Its focus will be on prevention strategies, in particular through the identification of best practices in prevention, including those designed by children.
Several cross-cutting issues that increase a child’s vulnerability to violence will also be considered in the report, including:
Children all over the world have participated at the Regional Consultations
More details of this study can be had from www.violencestudy.org.
Your may go to the above website for child-friendly version of the ‘concept paper’ and to hear more about how children all over the world have participated at the Regional Consultations which have happened since the concept paper was written.
To talk about the Study and what we can all do to prevent violence in our own lives, go to Unicef’s Voices of Youth forums. To explore these topics further, take a look at the Child Rights Information Network website. www.crin.org
You may post your inputs to firstname.lastname@example.org