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Continue to check this space to see the exciting ways our current and past grantees are working towards ensuring that all children and young people are living with dignity.

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 to the issue of FGM.

To read the full article on the workshop, please click here.

Safe Hands for Girls Leads School Outreach on FGM in the Gambia

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 Gambian youth.  In October 2016, Safe Hands for Girls, in partnership with UNICEF, conducted a two days training for school students on FGM and advocacy.

Watch the video to the left to see how Safe Hands for Girls is pushing the ban forward through their student outreach campaign across the Gambia.

End FGM European Network Launch Celebration

On 27th January, 2016 the End FGM European Network, supported by HDF, celebrated its launch with over 10 organisations to establish a strong, sustainable network across Europe to end FGM.

Watch the video to the left for the event highlights.

Camfed’s film, The Child Within, Shares the Story of Three Child Brides and Mothers

Camfed is part of the international movement to end childhood marriage and motherhood.  Their 2012 film, ‘The Child Within,’ set in rural Malawi in a district where pregnancy is the primary cause of school dropout, tells the story of three unique girls who are among the statistics.  They share their story with the hope that other girls, their families and communities will understand the heavy emotional and physical pressures of child motherhood, while showing hope that reintegration back into school can break the vicious cycle of poverty and show what the daughters of a community can become when given the chance.

Click on the video to the left to watch ‘The Child Within.’

The Girl Generation Supports the African-led Movement to End FGM

The Girl Generation is a global initiative that amplifies the issue of FGM on the international stage, bringing attention to inspirational stories of change from some of the most affected countries on the African continent.  Their aim is to accelerate the global African-led movement to end FGM by galvanising action, supporting campaigns across Africa, and pushing for more resources to end FGM.

HDF supports the Girl Generation through the End FGM Grants Programme, which provides much needed support to poorly resourced grassroots organisations working to end FGM in the Girl Generation’s focus countries.  Learn more about the Girl Generation from the video to the left or their website.

‘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 country earlier this year, offer guidance on how to navigate the complex lexicon of terms commonly used relating to sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children. They aim to build consensus on key concepts in order to strengthen data collection and cooperation across agencies, sectors and countries. The Guidelines have been made available to all major child protection agencies and organisations around the world, as well as to law-makers and the media. They can be read in full by clicking the image to the left.

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 working to prevent and respond to violence against children and make societies safe for children.  The launch of the Global Partnership coincided with the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development – the UN central platform for the follow-up and review of the SDGs.  Ensuring no one is left behind in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children places children at the centre of the Global Goals.  The Global Partnership’s new video, featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson and global world leaders calls upon all governments to #ENDViolence against children.

Watch and share the Global Partnership’s film to the left.

Putting Children at the Centre of the Global SDGs

WithoutViolence, an initiative of the Elevate Children Funders Group, of which HDF is a member, has launched a campaign that advocates putting children first at the centre of the global sustainable development goals.

Click to watch their Intersections film to the left.

“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 Not Brides’ local partners.  The song and video are powerful reminders that girls want to be girls, not brides, and that governments must deliver on their commitments to end child marriage.

 Click to watch and share the video to the left.

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 video below.

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 data on child maltreatment and exposure to other forms of violence, as reported by 15–17-year-old South Africans.

To read the full study report, click here or the image to the left.

Launch of the Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism

On 12 May 2016 in Stellenbosch, 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 or by clicking the image to left.

Stopping Gender-Based Violence through Arts and Media in India

Breakthrough, a community and youth-driven HDF grantee in India, runs media campaigns from a preventative approach to combat aspects of gender-based violence that are common in local communities – Gender-based sex selection; domestic violence; child and early marriage; and sexual harassment.

Learn more about their innovative work by watching the video to the left.

Jaha Dukureh from Safe Hands for Girls is named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

Jaha Dukureh, founder of HDF grantee Safe Hands for Girls, has been named as TIME’s 100 Most Influential People for her leadership in ending Female Genital Mutilation.  To read more, click here.

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 ensure that the framework for monitoring the implementation of the SDGs captures “children living outside of households and/or without parental care”.  The open letter can be viewed here.

This diverse group of civil society organisations believe some of the world’s most vulnerable children, those without parental care or at risk of being so, have “fallen off the statistical map” and will be left behind by the SDGs. If the data gap is not filled, children will continue to be left behind. Along with HDF, the other members of the Elevate Children Funders Group are also signatories.

The SDGs, which were adopted by the United Nations last September, will guide spending of billions of dollars in international assistance over the next 15 years.

The goals have been set, with an accompanying global monitoring framework to measure progress and success. The SDG Global Indicator Framework was agreed by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) at its 47th session in New York on 11 March. However, there is yet to be seen a concrete change to the system and methodologies that will ensure that the SDGs will benefit all children.

Following the UNSC negotiations, a new United Nations Working Group on Disaggregated Data is due to be established. HDF is supportive of this initiative and calls on the group to develop ‘Care Status’ as a disaggregated data category to ensure that children outside of household or family care will be counted in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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 Puraskar Award is given annually to 20 individuals and organisations for their leadership in women’s rights and this year, recognised Breakthrough’s outstanding contribution to research and development in the field of women’s empowerment in India.  Breakthrough’s multimedia campaigns, community mobilization and leadership training address domestic violence, sexual harassment, gender-based sex selection and early marriage from a human rights-based approach.

HDF congratulates Breakthrough India on this prestigious honour and continues to support their work in the hope that violence against women and girls in all its forms will one day be unacceptable everywhere.

Highlights from Camfed’s Campaign for Female Education in Malawi

Watch the recent video from Camfed’s Campaign for Female Education in Malawi, supported by HDF.

Clore Social Leadership Programme Report – Is the Charity Sector Fit for Purpose?

HDF recently participated in a study that was a part of the Clore Social Fellowship Programme entitled ‘Is the Charity Sector Fit for Purpose?’. This research brings together views from well-respected leaders in the sector from small, medium, and large charities and donors to provide evidence-based solutions to the challenges facing the charity sector in the foreseeable future.   For full report, visit here.

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 here.

Highlights from the Guardian’s #End FGM Media Campaign Academy in Nairobi, Kenya

Watch the recent video from the Guardian’s #End FGM Media Campaign Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, supported by HDF.

Green Shoots launch new EdTech project in Kimberley, South Africa

In late February, Green Shoots – a previous HDF grantee – launched a new EdTech project in 8 primary schools throughout Kimberly, South Africa.  The Technology Assisted Learning in Maths Project is an innovative online maths curriculum for grades 3 to 9 that has the capacity to track individual learner progress throughout the year.  The project also offers a comprehensive teacher training and professional development element and features a support programme for school management and Education Department officials to encourage real-time, data-informed decisions when planning strategies and interventions for maths teaching and learning.  The Technology Assisted Learning in Maths Project a result of a collaboration between Green Shoots, the Northern Cape Department of Education and funders Comic Relief.

Green Shoots director, Jo Besford, comments:

“We are extremely delighted to be piloting this project in the Kimberley schools. We are proud to be partnering with the Northern Cape Education Department for this three year Maths-focused project.  We see ourselves as a pathfinder organisation with a mission to innovate within the ICT education sector and we firmly believe that education is the biggest enabler of any society to move forward.”

The project and Green Shoots have been recognised for its utilisation of big data to provide layers of analysis to different education stakeholders.  The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) awarded the Technology Assisted Learning in Maths Project a place in its Global Accelerator Programme for 2015 / 2016.  Green Shoots was the only African-based winner this year.