Maria Cristina Perceval

María Cristina Perceval is an Argentinian by origin with over 30 years of experience as a Human Rights advocate, Senator and Diplomat. She is known for her extensive work in safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable. Mrs. Perceval is the UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean since March 6th 2016.

GNRC member in Uganda, Mr. Charles Okello joined the ‘Tell a friend Campaign’ by participating in radio talk shows aired by Radio Speak and Radio Ruping on 8th and 9th March 2017 respectively. This was to sensitize the community on the upcoming forum themed, ‘End Violence Against Children: Faith Communities in Action’. Subjects such as how to end child violence in Uganda, the context of child soldiers, youth empowerment and enhancing peaceful transformations in the community were discussed.

GNRC–Comoros member, Mr. Akim Said M’changama, hosted the “Tell a Friend Campaign”, to raise awareness about the upcoming GNRC 5th Forum on May 2017. Ten religious leaders from the region gathered during this meeting.

In an effort to end violence against children, GNRC–Bosnia and Herzegovina, led by Ms. Ismeta Begic held a one-day workshop to sensitize the children of Visoko on the Fifth Forum. Approximately 60 participants mainly youth and children attended the event.

Arigatou International convened an annual meeting for all directors of the four initiatives on 25th February 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The four initiatives of Arigatou International are: - Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Ethics Education for Children, Prayer and Action for Children and Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty).

On 7th – 8th February 2017, GNRC along with Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty) held a regional meeting at Sarvodaya Suwasetha Sewa Society premises in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The meeting sought to explore ways to strengthen the Knowledge Centre and the GNRC network in the region. Awareness creation on the forthcoming GNRC 5th Forum and Arigatou International’s initiatives were also discussed. Present in the two-day meeting were members of GNRC in Sri Lanka, GNRC representatives from India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan- in total, 15 participants.

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