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It Takes You and I to End Violence Against Children


Keep children safe from violence - join the global movement!



What Can I Do?

Status Report on Child Rights in Malaysia


What is Violence Against Children?

Violence against children can take many forms. According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), violence against children is defined as all forms of physical, mental and sexual violence, including neglect, maltreatment and exploitation.

Violence does not discriminate. It is pervasive across nationalities, ethnicities, religion and gender. Most cases of violence against children are perpetrated by those with the duty to care for children – family members, caregivers and teachers. These acts can have devastating, long-term effects on a child’s life, stunting their social and emotional growth as well as increasing their risk of anxiety and depression.


Here are a few facts about violence against children:

Every year, 15 million girls under the age of 18 become child brides. Almost half of all child brides live in South Asia.


There are an estimated 16 million child labourers worldwide of which 77.7 million are in South Asia and Pacific. 5 million of them are involved in hazardous work.


Six in ten children aged between 2 to 14 years are subjected to corporal punishment by a caregiver.


150 children in Malaysia are coerced into prostitution every year.



It doesn't need to be this way.

At World Vision, our dream for every child is simple: to thrive without experiencing violence of any form. We are intent on raising awareness and resources to this end.

The It Takes You and I to End Violence Against Children campaign will empower citizens of the world towards a global movement that is committed to keeping children safe at home, in school and online by looking at the ways in which we can uphold the rights of children.

What Can I Do?


What are the Rights of a Child?

Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), children have 42 rights. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and develop their full potential. They apply equally to every child, regardless of ethnicity, gender or religion. It is the responsibility of parents, governments and children themselves to ensure the rights of children are met.

Rights #1 - Be recognised. Rights #2 - Non-discrimination.


Rights #3 - Adequate care. Rights #4 -Implementation of these rights.


Rights #5 - Parental guidance. Rights #6 - Life (survival and development).


Rights #7 - A name and nationality. Rights #8 - Identity protection.


Rights #9 - Live with their parents. Rights #10 - Family reunification.


Rights #11 - Freedom from kidnapping. Rights #12 - Freedom of opinion.


Rights #13 - Freedom of expression. Rights #14 - Freedom of thought.


Rights #15 - Freedom of association (meet with others). Rights #16 - Protection of privacy.


Rights #17 - Access to appropriate information. Rights #18 - Be raised by their parents.


Rights #19 - Freedom from abuse. Rights #20 - Alternative family care.


Rights #21 - Safe adoption. Rights #22 - Refugee protection.


Rights #23 - Special disability care. Rights #24 - Health services.


Rights #25 - Review of treatment and care. Rights #26 - Social security.


Rights #27 - A standard of living. Rights #28 - An education.


Rights #29 - Personal development. Rights #30 - Their own culture.


Rights #31 - Leisure and play. Rights #32 - Freedom from child labour.


Rights #33 - Protection from drug abuse. Rights #34 - Freedom from sexual exploitation.


Rights #35 - Freedom from human trafficking. Rights #36 - Freedom from all other forms of exploitation.


Rights #37 - Freedom from torture. Rights #38 - Protection from conflict.


Rights #39 - Rehabilitative care. Rights #40 - Juvenile justice.


Rights #41 - Relevant higher national standards. Rights #42 - Knowledge of these rights.


Click here to read the full convention.


What Is World Vision Doing?

In the communities we serve in Malaysia and beyond, we:

Raise awareness among parents and caregivers on child protection topics such as stopping violence against children and reporting abuse.


Train children and youths to practice and implement child protection knowledge and skills.


Form child protection groups to respond to child rights violations and improve child participation.


Promote the implementation of child protection policies from local to national government level.


What Can I Do?

You can be an advocate for children! Begin by equipping yourself with knowledge on issues of violence against children. Here is our resource to get you started. Remember to also share what you’ve learned with those around you!

If you have reason to believe that a child is being abused, you should contact the 24-hour Talian Kasih helpline at 15999 and report it to the authorities.

As part of the It Takes You and I to End Violence Against Children campaign, we would love for you to support and join our movement in the following ways:


#RunForChildren Virtual Run

When you run for 42 minutes, you are advocating for the 42 rights of the child on your runner’s bib and ensure that their rights are protected!
Learn more


Host a Workshop

We are running workshops for children, youths and adults so that more people will have a better understanding on child protection issues – how to identify and respond to violence, as well as developing better child care practices.
Contact us


Give to the Advocacy Fund

Your donation will support our child protection efforts in Malaysia and other countries, ensuring the well-being of children and raising awareness on child rights.


Let’s work together to build a world where all children will grow up feeling loved, protected and safe!


What is Malaysia doing?

On the local front, Child Rights Coalition Malaysia recently published the Status Report on Child Rights in Malaysia 2019, which includes World Vision Malaysia’s survey findings from communities in Mukim Tulid and Tatalaan, Sabah.

The Status Report provides a comprehensive update of how Malaysia is implementing its commitments as a signatory of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), covering key areas such as education, health, child rights, violence against children and special protections. You’ll also find a special insert, Children and the Covid-19 Pandemic, that highlights the unique challenges arising from the coronavirus and its impact on Malaysia’s children.

To access the full report, click here.


Malaysia, It Takes You and I to End Violence Against Children.



1 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2012

2 International Labour Organization, 2013

3 UNICEF, 2014

4 End CSEC Network Malaysia and ECPAT International 2018, Universal Periodic Review