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A Day with the Parliamentarians on Child Rights, Pakistan

Search For Justice/CAN Pakistan through GNRC’s support conducted a training workshop for parliamentarians on child rights and child protection in Pakistan. The workshop, which took place in Lahore on 2nd May 2018, was attended by twenty two (22) Members of the Punjab Provincial Assembly including the Provincial Minister, Mrs. Zakia Shahnawaz. Media representatives and Civil Society Organizations also graced the event.

GNRC–Tanzania Contributes to a Clean Environment

GNRC–Tanzania has been nominated as the lead interfaith organization in Tanzania to mobilize faith efforts towards a healthy and safe Tanzania, free of waste pollution. The opportunity comes at a time when the world is commemorating the World Environment Day on 5th June, 2018 themed, “Beating Plastic Pollution.” The day is important for mobilizing worldwide awareness and action towards the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

GNRC Participates at the Regional Consultation on School Bullying

On 27th April 2018, Ms. Silvia Mazzarelli, the GNRC–Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean and Ms. Ingrid Martínez, Member–GNRC–Dominican Republic, attended the Regional Consultation on School Bullying held in Mexico City, hosted by the Government of Mexico, in cooperation with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG-VAC), the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Children and Adolescents Rights (REDLAMYC) also supported the event.

GNRC Participates in the Inter-American Meeting on Corporal Punishment of Children

Corporal punishment is a widespread phenomenon in the region with a direct impact on the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of children. Nearly 176 million children and adolescents are affected and in turn, replicate these forms of violence in their daily lives. So far, ten (10) countries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region prohibit physical and psychological punishment in all contexts, including within families. To further strengthen the response, the Government of Mexico organized the Inter-American Meeting on Corporal Punishment of Children on 25th and 26th April 2018 in Mexico City, to analyze and understand the current situation and the progress made to eliminate corporal punishment of children in the region. The government worked in collaboration with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and other entities such as the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG-VAC), the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Children and Adolescents’ Rights (REDLAMYC).

GNRC–Bosnia and Herzegovina Conducts Life Skills Development Training

GNRC–Bosnia and Herzegovina in partnership with World Vision Zenica and other partners conducted a series of 16 workshops focusing on skills development during the month of May 2018. The workshops helped to build children’s ability to recognize and utilize their potential and available resources to promote peace in the country. Twenty four (24) participants – boys and girls – from age 11 to 18 participated in the workshops.

Establishing the GNRC Network in Sierra Leone

Another moment of growth was witnessed on the 26th April 2018 when GNRC–Sierra Leone was established. Pr. Peter KB Alfred, Founder and Executive Director, Christian Outreach Justice Mission Sierra Leone, the current GNRC Contact person in Sierra Leone, enlightened the participants about the workings of the GNRC and its structure. Members were taken through GNRC’s priority areas and goals including; Preventing Violent Extremism, Gang Violence and Organized Crime, Nurturing Spirituality in Child Up-bringing, Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children, Ending Child Poverty and Supporting Vulnerable Children, and Building and Strengthening the GNRC Network.