Behind every scar, there’s a story. When a child is exposed to violence – physical or psychological – the trauma may fade over time, but it leaves a mark that never quite goes away.
The violence inflicted on vulnerable children can take many forms, including exploitation and child labour. Conflicts, natural disasters and the aftershocks of COVID-19 have further increased the risks of violence against children.
Here is a sobering glimpse of how violence impacts the rights and futures of children:
Between 2005 and 2020, the United Nations verified over 266,000 grave violations against children in conflicts worldwide, including killing, maiming, abduction and more1.
Nearly 300 million children aged 2-4 regularly suffer physical punishment and/or psychological violence from parents and caregivers2.
One in 5 women and 1 in 13 men report having been sexually abused as a child (ages 0-17 years)2.
Our hearts ache for children whose lives have already been marked by violence. But we want to make sure that no child has to get hurt to begin with. And when You and I move as one, we can make our mark on the world!
The #RunForChildren is World Vision Malaysia’s annual 42-minute run!
Why 42 minutes? That’s the number of rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These rights lay out what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and reach their full potential. They apply equally to every child, regardless of ethnicity, gender or religion. Learn more here.
Proceeds from the Run will be channeled to child protection work in Malaysia and overseas to:
Support children’s safety
Call out violence when it occurs
Work with survivors to heal and recover
In 2023, we’re doing a hybrid run, where you can hit the streets alongside other changemakers in person OR run at a time and place of your choosing on Run Day, 7 May!
New in your Runner’s Kit this year is a specially-designed plaster! Put it on a visible part of your body and use it to raise awareness on how violence against children leaves a lasting scar.
Here, we recognise those who made their mark for child rights in the 2022 #RunForChildren. Will you see yourself on the 2023 Wall of Runners? Join us and find out!
1 25 Years of Children and Armed Conflict: Taking Action to Protect Children in War, June 2022
2 World Health Organization, 2022
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