Children face violence in all forms around the world. This affects their abilities to attend school, go about their day-to-day lives, and achieve positive health outcomes; cumulatively, these issues all affect international development work’s outcomes. The U.S., along with other nations engaged in international development work, should condemn all forms of violence against children and adopt the most best possible strategy to combat this problem.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international agreements already affirm children’s rights, including their rights to live lives free of violence. Since the U.S. is already a signatory to these existing agreements, its condemnation of violence against children is already known, so this non-binding legislation is unnecessary.