UNICEF urges action to fight violence against childrenListen /
UNICEF announced an initiative on Wednesday that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments to speak out more forcefully to fight violence against children.
Recent horrific attacks against children, such as gang rapes of girls in India and South Africa this year and the fatal shooting of 26 teachers and students in the United States last year, prompted the initiative.
In the following public service announcement, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson encourages everyone to "make the invisible visible."
“This is a fifteen year-old girl being gang raped.
This teacher is beating a boy for talking back in class. While the rest of the class watches.
And here a toddler is being hit by his mother for breaking a glass.
This child sleeps in the streets because her family threw her out.
Here, online bullying pushes a teenager over the edge.
Just because you can’t see violence against children doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
Make the invisible visible. Help us make violence against children disappear.”
Whenever and wherever children are harmed, our outrage and anger must be seen and heard, says UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.