World Day News
NEWS RELEASE: Celebrating the 6th World Day, Religious and Secular Groups Band Together to Stop Violence against Children
New York, 20 November 2013 – The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is celebrating today its sixth annual World Day by bringing together secular and faith-based organizations to work to stop violence against children. Over 90 activities have been organized in at least 50 countries thus far.
By Mahamisha Habib The citizen
Dar es Salaam.The Global Network for Religion and Children's (GNRC) is providing training for religious leaders, involving various organisations in an effort to combat violence against children.
The challenges are enormous. In India, of the nearly 160 million children younger than six years old, too many are still affected by poverty, deprivation, violence, communicable diseases, gender discrimination and, at times, public apathy. Even the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, referred to the problem of malnutrition as a matter of national shame.
Kolkata, Nov. 19. . (ANS - Rome) - The International Day of the Rights of Children and Adolescents is celebrated all round the world tomorrow, 20 November. Since 2009, this day has also been designated World Day of Prayer and Action for the Children and Youth of the World. To mark the occasion, the Rector Major has sent a message in which he invites the whole Salesian Family to ''promote the right to education for all the children of the world as a tool to combat and prevent child marriage.''
Promoting birth registration: Church outreach that works. What might we learn from a global church network's outreach in birth registration? Dr. Sally Thompson, Coordinator of the International Anglican Family Network (IAFN) shares information on the work being done by the IAFN and Communion of Anglican Churches around the world.
- Preach, teach, link. Church leaders are esteemed by their communities and have a special role there. They work at grassroots levels and are therefore in a unique position to be immensely helpful. Clergy and lay leaders can preach about the importance of birth registration, find opportunities to educate and allay fears, and even link birth registration with baptism.
- Provide support to get birth certificates in hand (the proof of birth registration). People might need practical help with application forms, complex procedures, or payment of fees. When city registry offices are too far away, church buildings could be offered for use as temporary registration centers.
- Publish, post online, mail. The IAFN's two newsletters on birth registration were posted online, and mailed to hundreds of contacts who had no access to the internet.
- Use social media. The IAFN has a Facebook and Twitter presence, as well as a blog for posting information and news, and inviting responses from readers.
- Work with partners. The Anglican Communion works with many partners. One example concerns Uganda, where members of the Anglican Church worked with the Mothers' Union (a far-reaching church organization which works on family issues with people—of all faiths, and of no faith—in 83 countries), the Ministry of Health, and UNICEF. Together they obtained registration certificates for more than 73,000 children!
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