Children are not for hitting
In 2001, on the recommendation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to conduct an in-depth study on violence against children.
The World Report on Violence Against Children, the outcome of the study, documents the reality of violence that pervades the lives of children around the world. It maps out the extent, causes of violence and proposes clear recommendations for action to prevent and respond to it.
Thousands of people from across the world, including Malaysia, contributed to the study. Children and young people were active at every level.
The Report was presented to the UN General Assembly in October 2006 and launched in Malaysia later that month.World report on Violence Against Children
World Report Highlights
§ Much violence remains hidden and under-reported. Figures therefore often underestimate the scope of the problem.
§ Violence cuts across boundaries of culture, class, education, income and ethnic origin and occurs in many different settings. Some of it is allowed by national laws and may be rooted in cultural, economic and social practices.
§ Violence occurs in homes, schools, orphanages, detention centres and other residential care facilities, on the streets, as well as in the relatively new context of the internet.
§ Violence in all its forms has its roots in issues such as the power relations between men and women, exclusion, absence of a primary care giver and in societal norms and values that often disregard the rights of children.
§ Drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment and youth disenfranchisement, crime, and a culture of silence and impunity also contributes to violence.