Taipei, Protecting children from violence needs not only a legal framework but also changes in the hearts and minds of people and a better understanding of the factors that contribute to the suffering experienced by about 1.7 billion children worldwide, global activists said in Taipei Monday.
Violence against children occurs because it is inbuilt in some peoples' attitudes and behaviors, according to Deepesh Thakur, who leads Advocacy and Justice for Children for World Vision in South Asia and the Pacific region.
To bring about changes in those attitudes is very difficult, Thakur said, "because attitudes and behaviors are influenced by millions of factors."
Deepesh made the remarks at a press conference as he explained the goals of a five-year campaign to end violence against children launched last year by World Vision in partnership with the United Nations and other like-minded organizations.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel