The widespread failure to protect children is a global crisis, with 0.5-1.5 billion children experiencing violence each year, 150 million girls and 73 million boys who are raped or subject to sexual violence, and 115 million children engaged in extremely harmful forms of work. This global crisis represents a major violation of children’s rights; an unacceptable situation, which must be remedied urgently, no matter what the costs. In addition to impacting on the current well-being of children, the widespread inadequate care and protection of children is also affecting the achievement of broader development objectives relating to child survival and health, education, economic growth and equity. Many girls and boys die each year because they are abused, neglected or exploited. Vulnerable children that survive into adulthood can be at a significant disadvantage, with many experiencing developmental delays, gaps in their schooling and mental and physical health problems due to thei
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