23 September 2022

UNICEF at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2022

About the SVRI Forum, UNICEF is proud to collaborate with the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), including for the implementation of the SVRI Forum and supporting UNICEF Gender and Development Manager, Alessandra Guedes, in her role as co-chair of the  SVRI Leadership Council . The SVRI Forum is the largest global research conference on violence against women…, UNICEF @ the SVRI, As the largest research and advocacy conference in the field, the SVRI Forum will provide the space and opportunity for our  23 UNICEF delegates  to come together to share and learn from committed activists, policymakers, researchers, funders and survivors. A range of seminars, workshops and activities will enable participants, including UNICEF…, UNICEF works to end violence against children and violence against women, In response to mounting global evidence, UNICEF has been identifying concrete ways to strengthen and expand its violence prevention work to address the gender dimensions of violence, including a specific focus on intersections between violence against children (VAC), and violence against women (VAW). UNICEF's expansion beyond exclusively child-…, Global research agenda on the intersections of violence against children and violence against women, As global evidence and interest in the intersections between violence against children and violence against women continue to grow, researchers and practitioners from the violence against children and violence against women fields are seeking ways to better collaborate and ensure the best outcomes for victims and survivors of both types of…, Selection of UNICEF publications on VAC and VAW, This brochure spotlights a partial list of UNICEF publications of particular relevance for colleagues attending or following the SVRI Forum 2022. Select any publication title to be directed to it. 
01 April 2020

The Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children: Migration

36.1 million children were international migrants in 2018 alone, often forced to move for a range of reasons, with or without families. Children who are migrating, especially if unaccompanied, face increased risk of being subjected to violence, including sexual violence, exploitation, and human trafficking. Their vulnerability is exacerbated by limited access to safe migration pathways, services, and justice. When they reach a destination country, they may encounter other difficulties, such as discrimination and limited access to basic services, making them extremely vulnerable to sale and sexual exploitation. Migrant children face harsh realities that are characterized by multiple intersecting and overlapping issues. Even though they may show resilience and agency in dealing with difficult circumstances, the emotional, mental, and physical toll of uncertain and often arduous journeys may undermine their ability to protect themselves, making them even more vulnerable to violence, abuse, and exploitation. Children left behind when families, especially one or both parents, migrate also face additional (and often hidden) vulnerabilities, and need to be included in research, policies and actions. While various Conventions, Protocols, and Compacts offer some protection to migrant children, more needs to be done, including: an integrated approach to complex vulnerabilities; improved access to information and education for children; risk mitigation through awareness campaigns and prevention mechanisms; adequate access to resources; and expanding national child protection measures to include children on the move and those left behind in the context of migration and displacement.