What is advocacy?
Advocacy is a series of planned and strategic actions to influence the formulation and implementation of public policies at the local, national, regional or global level. At ChildFund Alliance, the focus for our advocacy is ending all forms of violence against children.
Violence against children is a global problem that cuts across borders, class, culture, ethnicity, race, gender and socioeconomic status. The consequences and effects of violence against children extend from individuals and families to communities, societies and governments.
While the world has made progress in preventing and responding to violence against children, big challenges remain.
Each year, more than one billion children experience violence and exploitation. For these children, implementation of SDG target 16.2 to end all forms of violence against children is critical.
ChildFund Alliance and advocacy
Building on the success of our free from violence and exploitation campaign, from 2016 to 2021 we will advocate for the implementation of SDG target 16.2 and related targets.
In order to support this advocacy, we will:
- strengthen advocacy capacity across the Alliance;
- strengthen and expand relationships with decision-makers and stakeholders; and
- strengthen internal and external communications.
ChildFund Alliance actively contributed to positioning SDG target 16.2 as a core element within Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals). We achieved this within the context of our three-year global advocacy campaign free from violence and exploitation. Throughout the campaign, we worked in close partnership with governments and nongovernmental organizations. We also consulted with more than 16,000 children in over 50 countries to gather their opinions on violence against children and related global priorities.