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GNRC–Bhutan through Youth Advocacy Network Bhutan conducted a workshop dubbed ‘Caring Schools Leadership Workshop,’ from 24th to 26th March 2019 to develop awareness, change attitudes, and build commitment to promote coexistence and prevent peer bullying in schools. Seventy (70) participants including children, teachers, parents and caregivers attended the workshop held in Yangchen Gatshel Middle Secondary School, Chamgang, Thimphu Bhutan. Representatives from the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC), Department of Youth and Sports (DYS), Thimphu Dzongkhag Education Sector and the Ministry of Education (MOE) graced the event.

GNRC–Pakistan together with St. Mary's Public School celebrated the International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019 at the school’s community hall in Karachi, Pakistan. Guided by 2019’s theme, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” participants celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women in Pakistan and across the world. A total of thirty five (35) participants comprising women and young girls attended the event.

Search For Justice (Children Advocacy Network – CAN Pakistan) organized a consultative meeting with key stakeholders including government officials, parliamentarians, media and civil society organizations to advocate for ending violence against children under the title, ‘Setting the way forward to end violence against children.’ Fifteen (15) participants attended the meeting, which took place in Lahore, Pakistan on 27th February 2019.

GNRC–South Africa together with Religions for Peace conducted two workshops, on 12th and 16th February 2019 in Durban and Mavela Ikhaya respectively, to strengthen the capacity of young people to promote the values of respect and empathy towards people of other cultures and beliefs in South Africa. A total of seventy nine (79) participants under the age of 18 attended the events (45 from Durban and 34 from Mavela Ikhaya).

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The key solution to prevent online child violence is by promoting religious values and ethics in children and young people and inculcating cultural wisdom in them. Only then can they have quality manners.” – Sh. Mohammed Swalihu, Imam, Jamia Mosque Nairobi.

Arigatou International Advisory Group Member, Sh. Ibrahim Asmanii Lethome, paid a courtesy call to Jamia Mosque Nairobi Administration on 31st January 2019 to advocate for a world free of online child violence. Jamia Mosque Imam, Sh. Mohammed Swalihu, Jamia Administrator, Mr. Said Abdallah were among the heads of department that attended the meeting.

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The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) participated at the closing ceremony of ‘Together for a New Africa’ project held at Mariapolis Piero, Juja, Kiambu County, Kenya on 8th January 2019. GNRC–Kenya was represented by Sh. Ramadhan Aula, the National Coordinator. This was the first phase of the three-year project intended to run till 2021. In his opening remarks, Sh. Aula introduced GNRC and the 10 Panama Commitments arrived at in May 2017.

Arigatou International – Nairobi (AI—N) in partnership with Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, organised a regional meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 8th – 10th December 2018. The meeting brought together thirty five (35) GNRC members and partners from South and South East Asian countries with GNRC presence. The countries included: India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Philippines, Malaysia, Bhutan and Indonesia.