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GNRC–South Africa Holds its Fourth Peace Forum

GNRC–South Africa together with Religions for Peace held their fourth peace forum on 23rd October 2018 in Durban, South Africa with a total of 55 participants including children, youth, teachers and parents. The children and youth came from: Holy Family College, St. Francis College, Youth Inter-Active and New Forest High School. The aim of the forum was to nurture spirituality and build children’s capacity to end violence against children and promote child-upbringing.

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GNRC–Tanzania continues its Campaign on Child Rights and Human Protection

The challenges that children and People living with Albinism (PWA) face are saddening. Their fundamental rights are violated and they are marginalized and persecuted because of their physical differences and their lives are at risk due to superstitious beliefs and practices within societies. There is evidence showing that social processes and practices severely affect children with albinism and as such they face significant ‘barriers to being’, most serious being their right to life and protection and the right to freedom from discrimination.

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Has Radicalization into Violent Extremism reached Epidemic Proportions?

Radicalization leading to Violent Extremism is perhaps the greatest challenge cladding humanity today. The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and End Child Poverty in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) are hosting a three-day (29th -31st August 2016) regional youth forum aimed at building the resilience of youth leaders, youth workers and youth influencers against violent extremism. More than forty-five (45) participants from Eastern Africa including: Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are taking part in the peace-building program being held in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Igniting Youth Action for Peace in Europe

GNRC Member, “Mosaic” Interfaith Women Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina, led by GNRC Coordinator, Ms. Ismeta Begic, participated in a youth forum dubbed “Strengthening Youth Action for Peace: Creative Multicultural and Multi- religious Approaches and Tools”, held in Brussels, Belgium on the 27th October - 2nd November 2017. Ms. Begic shared about her organization’s partnership with Arigatou International GNRC, laying emphasis on the international days recognized by the UN, that both organizations celebrate annually; 21st September - International Day of Peace, 17th October – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) and the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children which is celebrated every 20th November.

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Message for the International Day of Peace 2015

Today, on the International Day of Peace, I would like to add my voice to the worldwide chorus of people longing for peace in these troubled times. I thank and honor all those who are facing today’s violence by speaking out for peace and working diligently to make it a reality. I call upon everyone currently caught in conflict to observe this day of cease-fire and non-violence. And I rededicate myself to doing all that I can to help build a world of true and lasting peace.

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Our Commitment to Ending Child Poverty: An Interfaith Guide to End Child Poverty

The President of Arigatou International, Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, once stated that extreme poverty is the most extensive form of violence in the world; and it claims an enormous number of lives worldwide and leaves the survivors with unbearable and endemic suffering. Estimates of 1 billion children across the world live in poverty today; that is one out of every two children. It was because of such severe situations that the Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty), a global initiative of Arigatou International, decided to develop an Interfaith Guide to equip duty bearers with knowledge, skills and attitudes to help End Child Poverty.

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Report on the 5th Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in Panama City

Arigatou International was the driving force behind the ambitious forum in Panama City that addressed the issue of violence against children. This was the fifth such forum, with the most recent one being held in Tanzania in 2012. Its goal was to inform, but above all to exhort and mobilize religious leaders and organizations to act on the many forms of violence against children, which are often described as an epidemic. The event had several distinctive features:

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Strengthening Community Resilience Against Radicalization and Violent Extremism

Following the GNRC 5th Forum held in May 2017, Building Resilience Against Violence Extremism (BRAVE) program in partnership with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) held a series of follow-up workshops in Kenya in May 2017. The purpose of the interfaith meetings was to engage women and youth on their role in countering violent extremism. A total of three hundred and twenty (320) participants from Tana River, Mandera and Wajir were reached. The regions selected for the activities are most vulnerable and exposed to radicalization and violent extremism at the same time polarized by tribal and inter-clan clashes.

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Strengthening Community Resilience through Interfaith Outreach

“Violence should never separate us, we originate from Adam and Eve (Hawa). And despite our religious affiliations, we are all equal. Thus, we should love and appreciate one another as that is what our faiths teach.” This was a statement evoked by a child during the interfaith outreach event organised by GNRC and UŽ "Mozaik" V.Čajno on 20th July 2017 in Livno and Bugojno cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The two cities, which are inhabited by Catholics and Muslims respectively, have been known to have a rich cultural and historical heritage that enables the occupants to exercise social cohesion. The event also received support from religious leaders union, individual well-wishers and Gorica Museum.

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الشراكة العالمية من أجل إنهاء العنف ضد الأطفال

شارك الأمين العام للشبكة العالمية للأديان من أجل الأطفال الدكتور مصطفى يوسف علي في اجتماع المجلس الاستشاري المؤقت للشراكة العالمية لإنهاء العنف ضد الأطفال في نيويورك والذي استغرق يومين 18 و 19 أبريل عام 2016 . و قد عقد هذا الإجتماع في مقر صندوق رعاية الأطفال التابع للأمم المتحدة ، و ترا أسه كل من صندوق رعاية الأطفال التابع للأمم المتحدة و منظمة الصحة العالمية . وكان من مشاركيه أيضا ممثلي حكومات السويد و المملكة المتحدة والمكسيك وغيرها .

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مكافحة سوء التغذية من بزراعة أشجار الفاكهة

نظمت الشبكة العالمية للأديان من أجل الأطفال فرع رواندا نشاطًا لزرع أشجار الفاكهة في 19 مارس 2018 الذي يهدف إلى مكافحة سوء التغذية بين الأطفال . وقد حضر هذا الحدث مائة (100) طفل من مقاطعة رواماجانا في شرق رواندا .

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