of the world internet users are children and adolescents under 18 years.*
(Livingstone, Carr and Byrne 2015)
children are at risk globally.*
of the victims are aged younger than 10 years old.*
(Source - European Parliament Report)
of sexual abuse material where victims were girls.*
(Internet Watch Foundation annual report 2017)
showed a child on their own, in a home environment. *
(Internet Watch Foundation)
About the initiative
The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities brings together the world’s religious leaders to agree on measures to overcome some of the world’s most important social challenges.
Through a program comprising international workshops, research, a forum and ongoing community outreach, the organization has three key goals:
The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities: Child Dignity Online is the 1st forum in the series. It addresses the issue of online child abuse, a global epidemic that requires urgent action.
Director - Project Management and Shared Services Office,
Acting Director - Child Protection Center,
The General Secretariat of the Minister of Interior
Major Dana Humaid Al Marzouqi is a representative of the Ministry of Interior in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and works with several international boards such as the International Security Alliance, the Virtual Global Taskforce and the WePROTECT Global Alliance International Advisory Board. She is a government enthusiast and is passionate about combating crimes against vulnerable people and the community. Maj. Dana has contributed to child rights and protection legislations and policy development in the UAE.
Chairman of WePROTECT Global Alliance
Ernie Allen is a global expert on child abduction, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, the “Dark Web” and public-private partnerships. He speaks to global audiences and advises governments, law enforcement, technology companies and nonprofit organizations. In 2015 he was appointed by then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron to chair a global effort to combat online child abuse. He continues to serve as chair of an expanded WePROTECT Global Alliance following the merger with the EU/US Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online. Previously, as President of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, he created the national Missing Children’s hotline; the CyberTipline to report sexual exploitation; and brought forensic services to law enforcement. Over 180,000 missing children were found and the recovery rate increased from 62% to 97%. He led efforts to implement global policies on virtual currencies and the anonymous “Dark Web”; created new technologies to address child victimization; reduced a multi-billion dollar commercial child pornography industry to virtually zero; and addressed child victimization as a public health crisis. He was called “one of America’s foremost social entrepreneurs” by President George W. Bush, named “Executive of the Year” by NonProfit Times and named one of the “Most Influential People in Security” by Security Magazine.
Founder, WePROTECT Global Alliance; CEO of BenevolentAI
Baroness Joanna Shields is a technology industry veteran, parliamentarian and global advocate for children’s rights and safety online. She is currently CEO of BenevolentAI, the world leader in the development and application of artificial intelligence and advanced computing to accelerate discovery and development of new treatments for disease. Her career began in Silicon Valley and spans over 25 years, during which she held key executive roles at leading technology companies: EFI, RealNetworks, Google, Aol and Facebook. From 2012-2018 Baroness Shields served as the UK’s first Minister for Internet Safety and Security, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Special Advisor to David Cameron on the Digital Economy, Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Internet Harms and Crimes and Chair & CEO of TechCityUK. She was ennobled in 2014 and made a life Peer in the House of Lords. During her government service, Baroness Shields founded WePROTECT, a global alliance of over 80 countries, law enforcement, NGOs and technology companies working in partnership to protect children from online abuse and exploitation. She is a member of the steering committee of the Child Dignity Alliance and a commissioner of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity.
With support ranging from international workshops to an interfaith forum and affiliated events, as well as the participation of distinguished academic experts, business leaders and leaders of civil society, our program is based on 3 foundations:
Prevention / Protect & Care / Collaborate & Sharing.
The Interfaith Alliance is only possible with the help of our partners:
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