Preparing for the End Violence Solutions Summit
The coming Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit in Stockholm on 14-15 February promises two days of interesting and high level thinking and debate about how to end violence against children. I will be representing NetClean at the event and look forward to networking and sharing what we are doing to tackle this problem.
The summit features H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, and Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations as Keynote speakers.
The goals of this Summit are:
- to highlight and share mutually supporting initiatives that advance the cause of children’s rights, and to prevent and bring to an end to all forms of violence against children;
- to spread solutions that end violence against children;
- to highlight how the Partnership supports the 2030 Agenda and strengthens children’s rights;
- to make the rights of the child known and safeguarded; and
- to reinforce a shared commitment to action to end all forms of violence against children.
Netclean strongly advocates for a shared commitment to action. Part two of our recent Report (The NetClean Report 2017) highlights how no single sector can help to protect children from violence and child sexual abuse on their own. Every sector and part of society must work efficiently to support the initiative and drive the cause forward. The NGO Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) details this clearly in the Report when they state that partnership is both essential, and achievable because child sexual abuse is the one issue where everyone will work together and set aside the fact that they are otherwise competitors.
It is also important to highlight partnerships and initiatives where companies, organisations and other bodies realise their role in tackling this problem. We recently featured a case-study showing how the Swedish Transport Administration installed software to detect material featuring child sexual abuse. It was clear from the interview with the Government Department that their decision to buy the software came from a moral and ethical place, and that in addition to caring for employees and safeguarding their reputation and office equipment, they wanted to ensure that the Department did what it could to fight child sexual abuse.
This case-study was not unusual. At NetClean we meet many businesses who are morally invested in this issue and who have in-depth knowledge of the problem. We have lots more work to do to share our particular solution to this problem – detection software – however I think this is a positive time and we are in a positive place too! Not least Geographically. Sweden is one of (currently) fifteen pathfinder countries, that have signed up to accelerate the achievement of the End Violence goals. This means that Sweden is invested in working towards functional national systems to end violence against all children.
I’m am proud of Sweden for signing up to this, and I look forward to more partnerships and ways of working to stop all violence against children.