Guided by the 10 Panama Commitments on Ending Violence Against Children made during the GNRC 5th Forum held in May 2017, remarkable efforts have been made by members of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in the year 2018 – 2019.
GNRC’s grassroots efforts are inspired by diverse faith practices and a strong belief that every child is priceless in dignity and deserve to grow up safe and sound. Violence against children is one of the gravest challenges facing the world today, but it does not receive attention commensurate with its scope, scale and nature.
Violence is the leading cause of death and injury of children in the world. The evidence is overwhelming. UNICEF reports that in every five minutes, a child is killed in a violent act. About 1 billion of the 2.2 billion children around the world endure different forms of physical and sexual violence, irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, race, religion or income levels. In 2012 alone, 95,000 children between the ages of 15-19 died as a result of violence.