Leaders call for action to protect children from violence and abuse during COVID-19

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Violence against children:
A hidden crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic

Today, 21 global leaders came together in solidarity to share their concern, call for action and pledge their support to protect children from the heightened risk of violence, and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on children in every country and community.

Through a joint statement, these leaders call for an urgent, united effort to address violence against children as part of the broader response to COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in this response, including the international community and leaders from every sector. Specifically, the statement acknowledges that governments should ensure COVID-19 prevention and response plans integrate age-appropriate, gender-sensitive measures to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse.

We encourage you to share this statement with your partners and networks to help spark action at the local, national and global levels.

Read the Leaders’ Statement in full below and download the PDF.


The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact across the world. Efforts to contain the coronavirus are vital to the health of the world’s population, but they are also exposing children to increased risk of violence – including maltreatment, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. Read more.