January 19, 2021

Together for Improved Child Protection - Why Canada needs to invest in keeping girls and boys safe from all forms of violence

Cooperation Canada, a coalition of more than 90 organizations working in the international development and humanitarian sector, today released Together for Improved Child Protection, highlighting why Canada needs to invest in keeping girls and boys safe from all forms of violence.

Created in partnership with the ICPNC, Together for Child Protection is part of the Together Project, a sector-wide initiative to demonstrate the strategic importance of international assistance and make the case for deepening Canada’s global engagement through a substantial increase of official development assistance(ODA).

Highlights from Together for Improved Child Protection include:

  • Over 1 billion girls and boys experience violence each year.
  • Children are disproportionately affected by crises and instability. Four hundred and twenty million girls and boys—nearly one fifth of children worldwide—are living in conflict zones, an increase of75% from the early 1990s.
  • Violence against children costs up to US$ 7trillion each year.
  • As with other donors, Canada does not track its spending on ending violence against children, although we know that investments in violence against women and girls accounted for only 0.8% of Canada’s ODA in2018-19.

Ambitious goals require ambitious financing. By clearly charting long-term plan for ODA growth, Canada can meaningfully contribute to achieving the SDGs, including keeping girls and boys free from violence. Stay tuned for details on the launch of a new report tracking donors’ investments in ending violence against children, and recommendations for a way forward.

The full report is available here:

Child Safeguarding and Protection