Save the Children, World Vision Lanka and University of Colombo partner to conduct first ever national level research on online violence against children

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Colombo, 26th February 2020. Save the Children signed an agreement with the University of Colombo on 17th February 2020 to conduct a research on online violence against children in Sri Lanka. The research will be carried out by the University’s Social and Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC) and will be the first national research on the cyber exploitation of children, not only in Sri Lanka, but in South Asia as well.

The research is commissioned by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs with the technical and financial partnership of Save the Children and World Vision Lanka. Save the Children signed the agreement on behalf of the partnership.

The research will investigate the incidence, nature and scope of online violence against children in Sri Lanka as well as the mechanisms that respond to such cases. The nationwide research will shed light on the gravity and seriousness of the issue of online abuse and exploitation of children in Sri Lanka.

Save the Children and SPARC will rely on the participation of a variety of stakeholders including children themselves. Julian Chellappah, National Director of Save the Children in Sri Lanka, explained that this was part of the Save the Children’s strategy to provide a platform for children’s voice promoting participation and accountability.

Julian Chellappah and Professor Chandrika N. Wijeratne, Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, signed the agreement in Colombo.

Professor Chandrika N. Wijeratne, Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, (Left) and Julian Chellappah, National Director, Save the Children seal the agreement.