Stop Violence Against Children
While the world has seen a growing number of children survive over the past decades, every year millions of children around the world become victims of untold violence. Many suffer in silence. This is our next challenge, to end the silence, to Stop Violence against Children.
Announcing New Three-Year Theme: Stop Violence Against Children
Improving the lives of children around the world
In 2011, 96 events were held in 72 countries from Afghanistan to the Virgin Islands – a threefold increase over 2009. The majority of initiatives were organized under the newly adopted theme Stop Violence against Children. Religious services, vigils, workshops and mobilization campaigns gathered close to 230,000 people.
Saving and improving the lives of children is at the core of the World Day’s two-fold mission. We call on people of all religions and goodwill to join in the PRAYER and ACTION on Universal Children’s Day, celebrated each year on 20 November, which is also the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Message from Marta Santos Pais
United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children
The protection of children from all forms of violence is a fundamental right, which the international community has solemnly pledged to safeguard for all children, everywhere and at all times. Unfortunately, violence remains a harsh reality for millions of children around the world. Available research leads us to believe that up to 1.5 billion children worldwide endure some form of violence every year.