- Published: 24 January 2023
Today, on the International Day of Education, Child10 and the Awarded Members 2022 are jointly advocating for, among other things, mandatory age-appropriate and repeated educational modules for all children on trafficking and sexual exploitation of children online and offline, as well as on healthy relationships, children’s understanding of sexual consent and equality between genders.
Gender norms and perceptions are known to play an important role in child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. Hyper-sexualization of women and girls’ bodies in media and everyday life and a de-sensitization of abuse and violence towards them is contributing to rising violence against women and girls. We believe that with the right knowledge and tools to understand and avoid exploitation, ways to form healthy relationships and gender perceptions and knowing where to get help are instrumental for child protection.
In addition to mandatory education, we also demand common guidelines and regulatory oversight over media companies to facilitate positive discourse and storytelling
around women and girls’ issues and to discourage the use of language, tokens or
practices that normalise their objectification and abuse towards them.
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