Introducing the Global Challenge – a call for survivor-centered "National Calls to Action" with demands to end childhood sexual violence
The Brave Movement is a new, powerful and global survivor-centred movement to end childhood sexual violence. We envision a world in which children and adolescents grow up free from the threat of sexual violence. The Brave Movement is demanding bold and transformative action from leaders of governments and institutions to rapidly scale comprehensive programs of prevention, healing and justice.
Sexual violence against children and adolescents is an abhorrent global crisis putting children and adolescents at risk everywhere. This preventable scourge threatens the safety and protection of children and adolescents in all our communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the risk of childhood sexual violence online and offline, and has restricted access to prevention interventions and response services. For too long, childhood sexual violence has been veiled in silence, engulfed in shame, and sheltered by impunity. That changes now. We ask you to join us.
We must take direct action in ways that will be meaningful and far-reaching. We invite you to develop a survivor-centered “National Call to Action” that includes a list of agreed demands from survivors, survivor networks, and allies that are needed for change in your country.
2. How to develop your "National Call to Action"
We ask you to make the process of developing your “National Call to Action” participatory and of diverse voices. Please reach out to and include the views of as many organizations, networks and individuals, survivors and allies, in your country as possible to reflect and represent the range of experiences of childhood sexual violence.
Childhood sexual violence can take many forms including but not limited to:
Sexual harassment and coercion
Physically forced sex and rape
Sexual exploitation (online and offline)
Early and forced marriage (child marriage)
Child sexual abuse material
It can also take place in many different zones, usually places where children are supposed to feel safe. This can include but is not limited to:
In the family
In and around schools
By adults or peers
In places of worship
In refugee, humanitarian relief, and conflict zones
Sexual violence in dating relationships
With your permission, the Brave Movement will showcase your “National Call to Action”:
At our historic Global Survivors Action Summit (virtual) on April 27, 2022
On our Brave Movement Action Hub website: www.bravemovement.org
We will be sharing and amplifying National Calls to Action through the Brave Newsroom
Demands you would like to see on a global scale will also inform the high-level Global Call to Action, collectively endorsed at the end of the Global Survivors Summit on April 27, 2022.
This opportunity to share your recommendations could pave the way for further collaborative work in the future on ending childhood sexual violence. Please let us know what kind of support you need to build a survivors’ network to do advocacy and campaigning in your country by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is one of the first crucial steps we can take together in movement building and agenda setting. We must take direct, practical actions together to drive change.
We appreciate that whilst partaking in this Global Challenge can be a healing experience, there are also risks to consider. Please consider your safety and the safety of others when participating in this process. Find the Brave Movement’s Disclosure Guidelines here to support you in ensuring that this is a safe and healing experience.
3. Content of your "National Call to Action"
Your “National Call to Action” will primarily be making demands to your Government and other country-specific decision-makers on how they can address childhood sexual violence. We actively welcome submissions of your demands in any language. We encourage simplicity and clarity when making your demands.
Examples of what your “National Call to Action” could include are:
Call for the formation of Survivors Leadership Councils and the inclusion of Survivors on Governance and Decision-making bodies:
- Call for National Action Plans/Blueprints to Advance “Prevention-Healing-Justice” Programs at Scale
Call for Scale-up programs that deliver evidence-based solutions
Call for and catalyze delivery partnerships
Call for budget and impact measurement
Call for domestic resource mobilization
Call for National Study Commissions including Survivors, Policymakers, Academics, Implementers to advance learning and action
Call for Abolishing of Statute of Limitations (SOLs)
Call for Child-Rights Driven Approach to End-to-End Encryption
Call for Truth Commissions including Survivors, institutions, policymakers, regulators, decision-makers
Call for an Increase in Domestic Financing to invest in full scale prevention-healing-justice policies and programs
- Call on Donor Governments to Invest Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) in Low- and Middle Income-Countries
Call for a new global architecture to deliver $billions needed per year and achieve impact
Call for a global pledging process to mobilize $billions needed per year
Call for transparency and accountability of donor investments in every country
We recommend your Call to Action is a maximum of around 2 pages in length and S.M.A.R.T in nature - Specific, Measurable, Attributable (clear whose job it is to deliver them), Relevant and Time-bound.
For inspiration on developing the content of your National Call to Action, please see the following resource documents:
Make sure the Call to Action and demands are survivor-centered. Broad civil society and allied organizations are welcome to endorse the Call to Action, but the demands should be centered around the perspectives of survivors and survivor networks.
Please also provide a list of networks, organizations, or individuals who endorse your country-specific National Call to Action. We appreciate that some networks or individuals would prefer to not share personal information and stay anonymous. In these circumstances, we suggest you share the number of networks, organizations and individuals you have reached out to for input. Please see this list of Q&As or contact email@example.com if you have any additional questions.
Please submit your National Call to Action by Friday April 15 2022. Early submission is welcomed.
There are a few options for submitting your National Call to Action. You can send your own document (in any format, with your branding if relevant) or the completed Word document below to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively complete the Google form listed below.
Step 1: Expression of Interest
Please register your interest in participating in the Global Challenge by March 31, 2022. This is so that we can connect you with other interested stakeholders within your country, enabling you to work together to create one consolidated national set of national demands.
Step 2: National Call to Action
Please submit your National Call to Action by Friday April 15, 2022.
Early submission is welcomed. You can submit the National Call to Action either by filling in the online form below or by completing the form below and emailing it to email@example.com.
Step 3: Global Call to Action
In addition to country-specific demands, we are keen to hear your suggestions on what changes should be made on a global scale to inform our “Global Call to Action” that will be developed and collectively endorsed as part of the Global Survivors Action Summit.
Please share simple recommendations that would apply to all countries and to global institutions by Friday April 15, 2022. For example:
Call for all countries to Increase in Domestic Financing to invest in full scale prevention-healing-justice policies and programs by [date]
Call on Donor Governments to invest in Low- and Middle-Income-Countries by [date]
Call for global Official Development Assistance (ODA) pledging process and demand creation of strategy by [date]
Call for the formation of Survivors Leadership Councils and the inclusion of Survivors on Global Governance and Decision-making bodies by [date]
More about the Brave Movement
The Brave Movement is a new, powerful and global survivor-centred movement to end sexual violence against children and adolescents. We envision a world in which children and adolescents grow up free from the threat of sexual violence. Supported by a $10M grant from the Oak Foundation, this advocacy movement is gearing up to become a powerful global force for change.
We want to elevate and support global survivor voices and leadership. We also want to support international movement building and aligned, coordinated advocacy and campaigns.
In our first phase of action, we are calling for three things:
mobilization of billions of dollars for prevention, healing and justice
abolishment of statutes of limitations around the world
the advancement of child-rights driven approaches to end-to-end encryption.
Developing National and Global Calls to Action will be critical to ending childhood sexual violence. We must take direct, practical actions to drive change. Violence is preventable. We need you! Please join us.
It is important to note that building a global movement to end childhood sexual violence will not occur in a vacuum. Many global, national, and local efforts to address violence of all forms against children, whether sexual or other types, are currently underway. Our movement is designed to be complementary and distinct from ongoing efforts of varying scope. Some of these efforts are broad, concentrating on all types of violence, while others are specific, focusing on narrower issues and targeted segments. All of them are needed. We believe, however, there is an opportunity to complement this work by catalyzing a global movement focused specifically on ending all forms of sexual violence against children and adolescents. And we are committed to finding ways to collaborate and build on the efforts of existing actors and their networks to launch this new movement.
We understand that sexual violence affects individuals of all ages, and we stand in solidarity with our allied movements focused on sexual violence against adults of all genders as well as our allied movement focused on ending violence against girls and women. We stand in solidarity with the allied movement to end all forms of violence against children.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Brave Newsroom
If you are a journalist or media outlet seeking further information about the Brave Movement, please contact our Brave Newsroom: email@example.com
Our Brave Newsroom supports the movement by disseminating survivor testimonials, recruiting advocates, and galvanizing supporters all over the world to end childhood sexual violence.