Steve joins global partnership to end VAC

Wednesday 24 March 2021
Save the Children South Africa’s CEO Steve Miller has been appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. The Global Partnership and Fund to End Violence Against Children were launched in July 2016 by the UN Secretary-General. The Partnership is the only global entity focused solely on Sustainable Development Goal 16.2: ending all forms of violence against children (VAC) by 2030. 
 
Explainer: 
 
  • The End Violence Partnership is a platform for collective, evidence-based advocacy and action. Working with a unique coalition of more than 550 organisations including governments, UN agencies, research institutions, international NGOs, foundations, local CSOs, private sector groups and faith networks, we connect and convene partners to raise awareness, catalyse leadership commitments, mobilise new resources, promote evidence- based solutions, and support those working to end all forms of violence, abuse and neglect of children. 
 
  • The End Violence Fund is a flexible funding vehicle that identifies new and emerging challenges to SDG 16.2 and invests in innovative initiatives that have the potential to replicate and scale. Fund investments typically have both direct impact for children and also generate data, evidence and learning that inform policy and increases the impact of other programmes to end VAC. 
 
Steve has welcomed the appointment. 
 
“Children have a right to grow up safe and secure. We know that violence in its many forms impacts children’s cognitive, social, psychological and emotional development, and that it undermines investments in their health and education. Yet we also know how to predict violence, and we know what works to stop it. I have spent my career in civil society working for & with children, so I am honoured to be joining the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. This is a unique platform for collective, evidence-based advocacy and action, and I will help to ensure broad-based and effective engagement from civil society,” says Steve. 
 
Every year, more than 1 billion children experience violence, exploitation and abuse. This epidemic of violence against children takes place at home, online, at school and in communities. It happens in every country, city and community, and in all socio-economic and cultural contexts. 

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