Recent estimates by the WHO indicate that up to one billion children between the ages of two and seventeen have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect within the past year. UNICEF reports that at least 120 million girls under the age of twenty, roughly one in ten globally, have been coerced into engaging in sexual activities or performing other sexual acts. Sexual abuse against boys also occurs, although it is often overlooked.
FP Analytics—the independent research and advisory division of Foreign Policy—with the support of World Vision International and the Oak Foundation—is launching first-of-its-kind research that deepens the understanding of the level of resources that governments are dedicating to combat this issue across low-, middle-, and high-income countries. This research aims to fill a critical gap in the understanding of national budgeting dedicated to this issue to date, and to shed light on what more needs to be done to achieve UN SDG target 16.2 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and sexual violence against children.
Against the backdrop of the 78th United Nations General Assembly and the SDG global stocktake, join Foreign Policy on September 7th to gain valuable insights into FPA’s research and learn from experts, practitioners, and advocates working to translate public commitments into tangible action and meaningful impact.