Advocacy and campaigning are in our DNA.
Vulnerable children can’t make themselves heard, so that is where we come in.
For over 25 years, we have used the powerful voice of the ECPAT network to rally a global movement, demanding comprehensive and coordinated action to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. We work with governments, regional and international bodies to ensure sexual exploitation of children remains high on political agendas, and lead the global discussion among UN agencies and international NGOs. We support the achievement of targets related to the sexual exploitation of children in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and hold international stakeholders accountable for their commitments.
Children require special protection, and by ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, states have agreed that children have the fundamental right to live free of sexual exploitation. ECPAT believes that there is a clear ‘duty of care’ and that everyone shares the responsibility to protect children.
Together with our members, we advocate for effective prevention and protection systems, stronger legal frameworks, better implementation, more investment and multi-sector collaboration.
We use our expertise and research to inform decision makers, the public, the media, civil society organisations, faith based organisations and others, with the aim of creating a global outcry and inspiring new solutions to eradicate the sexual exploitation of children in our generation.