Tbilisi, November 20, 2017. With support of UNICEF, Georgia joins the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children which aims at strengthening international cooperation and assisting countries to develop effective mechanisms to fight violence.
The Partnership unites the efforts of states, UN Agencies, international organizations, civil society, religious organizations, private sector, researchers and academics and children themselves to:
· build and maintain political will to end violence against children;
· accelerate actions to end violence against children;
· strengthen collaboration within the country and share experiences among the countries.
Georgia will be represented at the Global Platform by the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee of the Parliament, Ms. Eka Beselia and by the Secretariat on Human Rights Issues under the Government Administration.
13 pathfinding countries have already joined the Global Partnership: Sweden, Romania, Montenegro, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Mexico, Jamaica, El Salvador and Paraguay.
Ending violence against children worldwide by 2030 is one of the priorities of SDGs (the goal 16.2). With this particular purpose, In July 2016, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and its associated fund were launched at the UN Headquarters in New York to help achieve an ambitious undertaking; ending violence against children in every country, every community and every family.
Combating violence against children is a serious challenge for the whole world including Georgia. In 2016 about one billion children became victims of physical, sexual or psychological violence. According to data of 2006, 120 million girls and 73 million boys were victims of sexual violence. Studies carried out in Georgia during 2013-2017 also evidence that the situation is alarming: 45% of population think that violence against children is acceptable, 60 % thinks that using strict methods of upbringing in a family is more efficient; cases of psychological and physical violence in educational institutions among pupils as well as on the part of teachers are frequent.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.