UNICEF launches initiative to shine spotlight on 'invisible' violence against children
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched on 31 July a new initiative urging the international community to speak out more forcefully on violence against children, which leaves millions of girls and boys physically and emotionally scarred every year. The End Violence Against Children initiative builds on growing popular outrage that erupted following horrific attacks against children, such as the October 2012 shooting of then 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, the fatal shooting of 26 pupils and teachers in Newtown, in the United States in December, and gang rapes of girls in India and in South Africa this year.

A special website and a social media campaign will outline ways for children, parents and communities to take action – such as getting involved, getting informed, organizing events and public discussion forums, supporting child victims of violence and working with global and local UNICEF partners.

More information: http://www.unicef.org/endviolence/

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