SOURCE: Christian Children’s Fund of Canada

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada

September 25, 2014 07:00 ET

Research Shows Inaction on Violence Against Children Is Far More Expensive Than Preventing It

MARKHAM, ON--(Marketwired - September 25, 2014) - World leaders are meeting at the United Nations in New York this week to discuss new global priorities, including how to improve the quality of life for children. New research published today by ChildFund Alliance (CFA), a global network of child-centred international development organizations that Christian Children's Fund of Canada is a member of, shows that physical, psychological and sexual violence perpetrated against children costs up to US$7 trillion a year.

The study, titled, The costs and economic impact of violence against children, was commissioned by ChildFund Alliance and conducted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). It reveals violence perpetrated against children costs up to 8 per cent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is more than the GDPs of Canada, Australia, India, and Mexico combined.

This estimate is based on previous research on the costs of violence against children in high- and middle-income countries. Researchers used these calculations to obtain a global cost in terms of productivity loss for the total number of victims in a given year.

"Shedding light on the continuing problem of violence and exploitation of children is vitally important, especially when world leaders are in the midst of planning global priorities for the 2015 - 2030 MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)," said Mark Lukowski, Chief Executive Officer, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC).

Andrew Johnson, Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance, said, "This research clearly demonstrates that the cost of not acting on violence against children is far more expensive than preventing it -- prevention pays. It is vital that the agenda for 2015 - 2030 addresses violence against children. Children themselves are calling for Governments to finish the job they started 15 years ago with the MDGs and for the prevention of violence to be included in the new agenda."

A second CFA study released today, titled, Children's Free Charters, engaged over 2,300 individual children from 40 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Europe to discuss their views, aspirations and priorities for the post-2015 agenda.

Children strongly endorsed that the gains made under the original MDGs from 2000-2015 should continue, with their top three issues being: the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger (82%), universal primary education (81%), and the eradication of HIV and AIDS (74%).

In 82% of all participating countries, children want prevention of violence and exploitation to be one of the new priorities for the years following 2015, and made specific calls for ending bullying, child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, corporal punishment, female genital mutilation and cutting, recruitment of children by armed forces or groups, and violence in schools.

Children want to be involved in the monitoring of the next generation of development goals, and are aware of the importance of measuring progress at the local level, and with the direct engagement of the communities.

Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has over 50,000 children sponsored, benefitting more than 500,000 people around the world.

ChildFund Alliance is a worldwide alliance of 12 children's development organisations working in 57 countries to improve the lives of vulnerable and excluded children, helping them overcome poverty and achieve their rights.

ChildFund Alliance's global campaign 'free from violence' (www.freefromviolence.org) has been set up to advocate to Governments for the inclusion of the prevention of violence and exploitation of children as one of the development priorities in the post-2015 agenda and to raise awareness at all levels of these issues.

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    Bonar Bell
    Communications Manager
    Christian Children's Fund of Canada
    Toll-free: 1-800-263-5437 Ext. 221
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    bbell@ccfcanada.ca