NEW YORK, December 7, 2016 – Today the Consulate General of Sweden in New York and Consul General Leif Pagrotsky hosted The World Childhood Foundation USA (Childhood USA) to celebrate the organization and its global advocacy platform #EyesWideOpen (#EWO), designed to build greater awareness about and provide resources to address violence and child sexual abuse. #EWO was co-founded by H.R.H. Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Karini Gustafson-Teixeira in 2015 and aims to break the silence surrounding the hidden epidemic of child sexual abuse. At the reception, which took place at the official Swedish Residence in New York, Childhood USA demonstrated the first-of-its-kind free mobile application created to equip adults with skills to recognize, prevent and respond to child sexual abuse: “Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit.” The app, developed in partnership with Darkness to Light and Ericsson, is available at www.socapp.org.
Sweden has been at the forefront of children’s rights and the government has taken many strides towards children’s wellbeing within and beyond its borders. Most recently, Sweden has taken the lead by becoming the first pathfinder country of The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. This global initiative, launched at the United Nations last July, champions the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—SDG 16.2, in particular, to end violence against children by 2030—by mobilizing political will, resources, and the collaboration of governments, civil society, the private sector, and other actors. The Partnership is co-chaired by the Executive Directors of UNICEF and WHO, and boasts several Ministers on its 20 members global board, including H.E. Minister for Children and the Elderly, Åsa Regner; Save the Children’s Elisabeth Dahlin; and Childhood USA President & CEO, Dr. Joanna Rubinstein.
The World Childhood Foundation works for every child’s right to a childhood free from violence and sexual abuse. Founded in 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Foundation to date has provided support to over 1000 projects in 25 countries including the US. For more information, visit www.childhood-usa.org.