Blue Umbrella Day 2024

Blue Umbrella Day

Together, we can protect boys better

Sexual violence affects boys too

Around the world, 1 in 13 boys experiences sexual abuse. Many more are exploited or exposed to inappropriate sexual materials. These experiences have long-term negative consequences on boys’ health and well-being. Effects can be felt throughout society. That’s why, on April 16th, every year, we’re drawing attention to this issue. 

Blue Umbrella Day (BUD) is an international day on 16 April that raises awareness of how to better care for boys and protect them from sexual abuse. Support the campaign by connecting with a global movement of practitioners.

Learn more

We invite you to support BUD by joining our global community of practice on the prevention of sexual violence against children on Changemakers for Children, attending events and activities organised by local practitioners, and helping us promote the campaign in your country.

Join the movement

The RISE Learning Network is a dedicated community of practice on the theme of prevention and response to sexual violence against children. Sign up today and connect with a global movement of practitioners worldwide working to protect children from abuse.

Join an event

This year, Family for Every Child Members in 20 countries are coordinating BUD events in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Discover and join a BUD event next to you.

Promote BUD

The participation pack contains information, tools and guidance for making Blue Umbrella Day a success in your country.