More than 40 percent children across the globe are not protected from violence; with girls expressing a higher perception of insecurity, and one in two believe adults do not listen to their opinions on important matters.
These findings come out from a research report titled ‘Small Voices Big Dreams 2019’ released on Wednesday jointly conducted by child-focused development organisations Educo and ChildFund Alliance.The global survey of almost 5,500 children aged between 10 and 12 years from 15 countries also reveals children feel poorly protected and unheard. Only 18 percent of the children think that politicians protect children from violence.
Children highlighted three main causes of violence: their own defenselessness, the cycle of violence, and adults’ loss of self-control due to substance use, according to the report.
Children also reported that there was almost always a power imbalance between victim and aggressor in violent situations, and more than half said that violence occurred because children could not defend themselves from adults or older children.
“Every year more than a billion children around the world experience violence and exploitation – that’s more than one in three. It’s a global scourge that cuts across borders, class, culture, ethnicity, race, gender, and socioeconomic status,” said ChildFund Alliance Secretary General Meg Gardinier.