Fighting violence against kids
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
With Violence Against Children (VAC) deemed a global priority agenda as stipulated in the United Nations sustainable development goal of ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence and torture against children, the United Nations Children's Fund and the Council for the Welfare of Children is bringing together national and international organizations in a global partnership to push for stronger prevention and response to protect Filipino children against violence.
Preparations for the Philippines' first-ever National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children that will be launched in October have brought together more than 200 researchers, academics, advocates and professionals in a two-day research forum last week as part of an ongoing peer review and analysis of the study.
The initial results presented by experts in the study touched on the various forms of violence that children experience: physical, psychological and sexual abuse at home, in school, the community and online. They also suggested that while boys and girls are equally vulnerable to violence, boys can be twice more likely to experience severe physical violence.
Violence against children has been cited to affect their physical and psychological health, impede their growth and development, and perpetuate a cycle of violence in society and, according to Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, the Philippines has been chosen as a “pathfinder country” within the Global Partnership on VAC places it at the forefront of preventing, protecting, and making society safer for children.
Enacting a National Baseline Study on VAC is a positive step forward that will help us understand how to come up with better plans and programs when it comes to protecting our children from violence. Hopefully, the researchers who are helping put the study together can come up with one that will yield information that is relevant and actionable, so that the governments, organizations, communities and families that are committed to ending violence against children can come up with concrete programs and means that will truly protect our children from violence.*