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34,628 of you have signed our petition to the Government to keep its promise to end violence against children

Thank you. 34,628 of you have signed our petition urging the Government to keep its promise to end violence against children in emergencies by increasing the proportion of bilateral humanitarian aid that is spent on this.

That’s 34,628 of you who care deeply about UK Aid and making sure it reaches the world’s most vulnerable children - and thanks to you we can keep the issue on the agenda of the Government and MPs.

On Monday 1 July, together with our youth advocates, Melissa, Faheemah and Paige we took your signatures and your message to the Department for International Development (DFID) and Parliament. Read our youth advocate blog here »

DFID Minister Harriet Baldwin previously responded to the petition saying: “Ending violence against children is a priority for the Government and I commend you for raising greater attention to the issue… I am pleased that World Vision continues to engage DFID on this issue.”

In the House of Commons Michael Tomlinson MP hosted a special event for us, also attended by Lord McConnell, (who chairs a Parliamentary Group on the Sustainable Development Goals) Lord Bates and Preet Gill MP, Shadow Development Minister.

We were also joined by DFID and a number of charities and partners campaigning on issues related to violence against children.

Our youth advocates take your petition to Parliament

Back Row: Tim Pilkington World Vision UK CEO, Michael Tomlinson MP and Lord McConnell
Front Row: Melissa, Faheemah, and Paige

Our youth advocates take your petition to Parliament

Left to right: Dr Carine Le Borgne, of World Vision UK, Melissa, Faheemah, Paige, Rhian Beynon of World Vision UK and Tim Pilkington, World Vision UK CEO.

We are now talking to DFID officials about how the UK can track its humanitarian aid to make sure a more adequate proportion – at least 10 per cent - is spent on ending violence against children in emergencies

At our event in Parliament Rhian Beynon Campaign Manager reminded everyone how important it is for the 2030 sustainable development goals that we all make sure adequate humanitarian aid is invested in ending violence against children in emergencies. She said:

“The next ten years to 2030 will represent the formative years in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. They need protection and investment now if a whole generation of the world’s most vulnerable children is not to be left behind by the 2030 global goals, and UK Aid has a vital role to play in that.”


Watch this space for what we will be doing next. In the meantime you can still join our campaign below:

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Ngala's story

"I stayed in the bush, I was given a machete to use as a weapon. A lot of bad things were happening. One day, a friend died after being shot by a bullet." Ngala, aged ten, Democratic Republic of Congo.

No child should have to go through this.

Ngala managed to escape. Now he goes to a child-friendly space run by World Vision where he can play and learn again. He says that being there has helped him to get rid of his bad memories of war.

But World Vision can't do this alone.

So, we are doing something to make sure that no other children have to suffer like Ngala

Together, we have called on the Secretary of State for International Development to commit in 2019 to increase UK spending on ending violence against children to at least 10% of our humanitarian aid.