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ECPAT International: A strong moral compass: how faith-based organizations can tackle online sexual exploitation of children

HDF's Grantee ECPAT International in partnership with UNICEF published a  new guide that aims to help religious communities worldwide harness their strengths to prevent, respond to and end online child sexual exploitation. The new Guide recognises that faith-based organisations and religious leaders are in a unique position to mobilise moral authority on this issue, influence [...]


Survivors, Activists, Donors and Stakeholders gather in Washington DC

In late 2016 HDF, in collaboration with Wallace Global Fund, supported the first ever US-based Civil Society Summit to End FGM/C, with a grant for USD 213,849 to Equality Now, held at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC. The event was held alongside the annual meeting of the FGM/C Donor Working Group [...]


African Activists meet in County Wicklow, Ireland to discuss End to FGM

In September 2016, as part of the Guardian News & Media's Global Campaign to End FGM, supported by HDF, eleven activists and anti-FGM campaigners from across Africa gathered in Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre in County Wicklow to share learning and work on strategy for amplifying their grassroots efforts and attracting global media attention [...]


Social Change Initiative Publishes Key Messages Ahead of UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

The Social Change Initiative (SCI) works on improving the effectiveness of activism for progressive social change and influencing how such work is funded by donors. Migration is a priority issue for SCI and with support from HDF, have been facilitating a series of discussions and exchanges with activists and thinkers, notably trying to influence the [...]


Safe Hands for Girls Strengthens FGM Ban in the Gambia through School Outreach Campaign

It's been one year since FGM was officially banned in the Gambia, however the implementation of the law and sensitizing local communities to the harmful effects of FGM remains a significant challenge.  Safe Hands for Girls, a survivor-led organization supported by HDF, has continued to work relentlessly on creating awareness, most especially among the [...]


‘Luxembourg Guidelines’ on Terminology a Step Forward in the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse of Children

On June 14th, an Interagency Working Group released the ‘ Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse’ in Geneva Switzerland taking an important step in strengthening collaboration to address sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children. The Terminology Guidelines, dubbed the ‘Luxembourg Guidelines’ after their adoption in the small [...]


Launch of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

On July 12, 2016, children joined world leaders and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to launch the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and Fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. The new cross-sector partnership, and its package of proven solutions known as INSPIRE, will provide support to those [...]


“We are Girls, Not Brides” – First-ever anthem to end child marriage

To celebrate Day of the African Child on 16 June, 2016, HDF grantee Girls Not Brides launched an exciting music video.  The song, called “We are Girls, Not Brides”, was written, composed and sung by a group of talented girls from Zambia who take part in a girls’ empowerment club run by one of Girls [...]


Orphanage Volunteering – Why to Say No

Volunteering in orphanages has become a hugely popular way to “give back” when traveling abroad.  However, many children’s organisations are campaigning against this practice due to the unforeseen harmful effects on children and unforeseen consequences of well-intentioned voluntourism.  To learn more, read this briefing from Better Volunteering Better Care Network or click to watch the [...]


CJCP launches study on child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Africa

On 1st of June 2016, the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP), an HDF grantee, launched a study on the national prevalence and incidence on child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Africa.  The three-year study, commissioned by the UBS Optimus Foundation, is the first of its kind in the country, and provides representative [...]


Launch of the Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, 12 May 2016 Stellenbosch- South Africa

On 12 May 2016, Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA), member of ECPAT in South Africa and ECPAT International launched the South African component of the Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT), in collaboration with Childline South Africa and Fair Trade Tourism. You can read more here.


Breakthrough Founder and VP named recipients of 2016 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

Mallika Dutt, CEO and Founder of HDF grantee Breakthrough, and Sonali Khan, Breakthrough Vice President, have been awarded the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship for their leadership in using media campaigns to end violence against women in girls.  To read more about this award and Breakthrough's work, click here and watch the video below. [...]


NGOs call on UN to Count Vulnerable Children in SDGs Process

Over 175 children’s and disabilities rights organisations and academics from across the world have intensified their demands on the UN to ensure that all children are counted as part of its global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). HDF is a signatory to an open letter to UN statistical bodies, which argues that it is vital to [...]


Breakthrough India Wins Presidential Award

Breakthrough India, an HDF-supported grantee working to end violence and discrimination against women and girls, was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar Award from the President of India.  The award was presented by President Pranab Mukherjee on International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2016 to Breakthrough’s India Country Director and VP, Sonali Khan. The Nari Shakti [...]


Making the Invisible Visible Enumeration Study by Retrak

HDF grantees Retrak and Chisomo Children’s Club together with the Government of Malawi sought to address the lack of information on the number of children living and working on the streets in Malawi. Retrak undertook an enumeration study of children on the streets in Lilongwe and Blantyre, using the capture/recapture methodology. For the full report visit [...]