Although widespread and pervasive, violence among and against children remains hidden and socially condoned.
The child-friendly version of the United Nations Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children gives a number of reasons why violence remains hidden:
Solid data and research are crucial to break the invisibility and social acceptance of violence among and against children, to understand social attitudes and risk factors, and to enhance the protection of those at risk.
Data and research is also indispensable to inform the development of evidence-based legislation, policies and actions for violence prevention and response; and to ensure a steady monitoring process to assess results and impacts.
Without good data, national planning is compromised, effective policy-making and resource mobilization are hampered, and targeted interventions are limited in their ability to prevent and combat violence among and against children.
As is the case in many other countries, limited data is available on the situation in this country. However, here are some links to studies that provide country specific insight.
Help us turn this website into a site that shows the world how we are coming together to create a country where all schools are free of violence.
– take a look at this local study to find out more.
Sometimes it's easier to deny that violence happens every day in our schools, even when it's happening around us. Take a look at this video by 8th grader Mario and reflect on your own level of openness.
Read the poem "I've had enough of everything" written by 7th grader, Simona Saharievska, Selo Mastica (sorry its only available in Macedonian)