Violence Against Children and Children’s Rights

Children are entitled to the same fundamental rights as adults, but because of their age, they require special protection and care.

Key rights of children include the right to a safe environment, the right to education, the right to play, and to be heard in decisions that affect them.

Protecting these rights is crucial for children to have fulfilling childhoods and continue to thrive as adults.

Unfortunately, violations of these rights are common and often accepted. Many children are coerced into work or early marriage, or suffer emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.

On this page, you can find data and visualizations on how the protection of children’s rights differs across countries and how common violence against children is.

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    author = {Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Max Roser},
    title = {Violence Against Children and Children’s Rights},
    journal = {Our World in Data},
    year = {2017},
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