SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has supported a new Unicef campaign at Westminster this week calling for an end to the violence experienced by millions of children across the world who are attacked, exploited, abused and killed.
Mr Durkan, who has also given his backing to a new global target to help end violence against children, said: “Despite the right of children to protection from all forms of violence, abuse and neglect, the international community has failed to ensure the safety of children.
“Not only in these islands but across the globe, millions of children are in danger and experience unspeakable violence. On city streets, in communities, schools and homes, children are attacked, exploited, abused and killed.
“Recently, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on children in armed conflict which I was involved in also issued a report highlighting many of these issues.
“I am therefore supporting this important campaign by Unicef which aims to see 2015 as the ‘Year of Change’.
“In September, world leaders will agree new global goals – which I am calling for to include a robust target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.
“Importantly, a new global target to end violence against children must become a priority for all countries. This will help deliver the action needed to prevent violence against children, to support survivors and ensure they get the justice they so rightly deserve.”