Sub-Saharan Africa

Small Voices Big Dreams 2019: Violence Against Children as Explained by Children

Posted By: • November 27th, 2019

No child is completely immune to violence. Each year, nearly one billion children are afflicted by some type of physical, sexual, emotional violence or neglect, across different geographical, socioeconomic and cultural barriers. Listening to children and taking their opinions into account is crucial to truly understand this global problem. Read More

Caring for Boys affected by Sexual Violence

Posted By: • July 17th, 2018

Sexual violence affects boys and girls. However interventions, public attention and donor investments fail to aptly address the experiences of boys. Family for Every Child examined this critical issue of sexual violence affecting boys through its global scoping study, Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence. This study explores both sexual abuse experienced by boys, including sexual exploitation, as well as harmful sexual behaviour of boys; referred to collectively as sexual violence. Read More

Being Heard Webinar

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • December 5th, 2017

Involving children and young people in participatory research on sexual violence – challenges and approaches
In collaboration with the  International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ (IC), University of Bedfordshire (one of the RISE implementing partners) and the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls programme, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) hosted a joint webinar to share emerging findings from a scoping which was undertaken to review international evidence on youth engagement in participatory research on sexual violence. Read More

MAPPING GLOBAL PRACTICE: HEALING COMMUNITIES, TRANSFORMING SOCIETY – Mental health, psychosocial support and peacebuilding

Posted By: • September 7th, 2017

This mapping exercise was jointly conducted by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR, South Africa) and the War Trauma Foundation (WTF, Netherlands) to gather concrete contemporary data and insights from the field and to identify (thereby also creating relationships with) organisations and individuals around the world working in the fields of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and peacebuilding (PB). More specifically, the aim was to begin to ascertain whether these organisations acknowledge the nexus between mental health and peacebuilding, and to establish whether and how they are integrating an awareness of the other field’s components into their work. Read More

Boys Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • December 20th, 2018

The Child Protection/Gender-based Violence Community of Practice in November 2018 organised an online session focusing on boy survivors of sexual abuse that featured a panel of experts who discuss the risk and vulnerabilities that different groups of boys face, as well as what has worked to support them. The panelists included: Read More

INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children

Posted By: • April 28th, 2017

Up to one billion children in the world are estimated to have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence in the past year. INSPIRE is a technical package for those committed to preventing and responding to violence against children and adolescents. The package is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Read More

Resettlement as a Protection Tool for Refugee Children

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • March 26th, 2017

Globally, nearly 100,000 – or slightly less than 1% – of all refugee and asylum-seeking children are separated from their families. Children in this situation are at risk of multiple violations and harmful practices such as child labor and early marriage. This article explores the need to ensure that new and existing initiatives to resettle refugee children at risk, including unaccompanied children, are better able to serve their unique protection needs in today’s global context. Read More

Experiences of Peer Bullying among Adolescents and Associated Effects on Young Adult Outcomes: Longitudinal Evidence from Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam

Posted By: • February 28th, 2017

Being bullied has been found to have a significant impact on children’s physical and mental health, psychosocial well-being and educational performance, with lasting effects into adulthood on health, well-being and lifetime earnings. Little is known about bullying in low- and middle-income countries, however. Read More