Monitoring violence, exploitation and abuse of children within the SDG framework
Every child has the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and harmful practices. This right is a critical component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), marking the first time that the protection of children from these violations has formally been included in a global monitoring framework with time-bound targets.
The SDGs represent an opportunity to help protect the world’s children from violence and exploitation, which could also be pivotal to achieving progress across many different targets within the development framework. For instance, the eradication of child marriage could be instrumental in reducing levels of child mortality. Studies have consistently shown that the younger a girl marries, the more likely she is to have a child at a young age, and infants born to adolescent mothers have a greater mortality rate.