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World Humanitarian Day 2012: The role of children

Posted on Aug 19, 2012

World Humanitarian Day (19 August 2012) – is a celebration of people who help others all around the world regardless of the risk to themselves.

Children are those who often suffer most in humanitarian crises. Sexual violence against chlidren, such as rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual exploitation in humanitarian conflicts and emergencies has been frequently documented. Gender and peace activists all over the world have been raising awareness and advocating against gendered injustices and the various forms of sexual violence against both women and children in humanitarian emergencies.

Youth play a critical role in eliminating all forms of commercial sexual exploitation through activism and campaigning, youth-led research, and peer support programmes. Taking the views and experiences of youth into account can create a more empowered society and ensure more sustainable prevention of sexual exploitation. You can read more about the need to do more for children affected by humanitarian crises and prevent sexual exploitation in ECPAT International’s new journal article:

Protecting children from sexual violence during conflicts

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