CHILD PROTECTION FACT SHEET
An orphan child, growing up in poverty, is especially vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse,being forced into early marriage or child labor, and missing out on their right to education.
Conflicts and natural disasters significantly affect children’s psychosocial well-being and development.
Around 290 million children (or 45 percent of all children under age five worldwide), do not possess a birth certificate which is central to protecting them from child labor, being arrested and treated as adults in the justice system.
An estimated 12 million girls under 18 are married each year; they are less likely to remain in school and more likely to experience domestic violence.
Around 70,000 young mothers (aged 15–19) worldwide die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth each year.
Every emergency, whether a rapid onset natural disaster or armed conflict, often leads to the separation of children from their families and caregivers exposing them to risks of violence, economic and sexual exploitation, abuse and potential trafficking.
At least 200 million girls and women have experienced Female Genital Mutaliation (FGM) in 30 countries across three continents, which may result in infection, infertility and even death.