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Interfaith Alliance

Areas of Focus

The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities address various challenges that impact the safety and security of communities across the world.

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Overview

Children and young people represent more than a third of the world’s four billion internet users. Their generation is harnessing the power of the internet to explore and learn. Despite all its benefits, going online exposes them to great risks. 

Abuse and exploitation of children online is not merely a risk; it’s a reality, taking place at an unprecedented scale. The range and scope of child abuse and exploitation online is alarming, with cases measured in millions, daily. 

Violent acts ranging from online harassment, sextortion, to cyberbullying, are common. Vast and growing numbers of sexual abuse images of children and young people are available online.  Children are increasingly being exploited, trafficked and sold for sex online, a problem in all corners of the world.

The Interfaith Alliance aims to mobilize faith leaders from across the world, in partnership with other stakeholders such as governments, internationals and NGOs, to ensure the protection of the dignity of children in the digital world.

Why & How

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1/3

of the world internet users are children and adolescents under 18 years.*

(Livingstone, Carr and Byrne 2015)

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800 Million

children are at risk globally.*

(ChildDignity.com)

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80%

of the victims are aged younger than 10.*

(Source - European Parliament Report)

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86%

of sexual abuse material where victims were girls.*

(Internet Watch Foundation annual report 2017)

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96%

showed a child on their own, in a home environment.*

(Internet Watch Foundation)

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Approach

In order to fullfill our objective, we are adopting several initiatives that aim to increase awareness of the role that faith leaders can play in protecting children with their communities. The initiatives include hosting global forums, organizing regional workshops and publishing knowledge resources.

Progress to date

Jun to Sep

2018

Regional workshops on Digital Child Dignity

World-wide

Nov

2018

Child Dignity in the Digital World Forum

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Nov

2018

Adoption of the Abu Dhabi Declaration on Child Protection

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Jan

2019

Launch of the travelling exposition world tour

Sep

2019

Screening of the Digital Child Dignity Documentary

Nov

2019

Promoting Digital Child Dignity

Vatican City

Partners

The Interfaith Alliance is only possible with the help of our partners:

Events

The Interfaith Alliance has organized a number of events across the world to spread awareness of the challenges impacting the digital dignity of children

Child Dignity in the Digital World Forum

November 2018

Abu Dhabi, UAE

World Economic Forum

January 2019

Davos, Switzerland

UN General Assembly Participation Week

September 2019

New York

Regional Workshops

January 2020

Exposition Tour

January 2020

World Government Summit

February 2019

Promoting Digital Child Dignity

November 2019

Vatican

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Documentary

The Interfaith Alliance has produced a documentary on child dignity in the digital world. The documentary talks about the issue of online child sexual abuse and exploitation and the impact it has on our communities.

Through interviews with experts in the field, it provides a technological and social perspective of the problem. It also features discussions of faith leaders, representing different faiths, on the roles that they are playing within their communities today.

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