During the second Middle East Regional Meeting on 23rd and 24th April 2019 in Amman, Jordan, representatives of Arigatou International, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali and Rev. Fred Nyabera had a chance to meet delegates from al-Azhar University, Dr. Mohammed Abdel Fadeel and Dr. Reham Abdullah to explore potential avenues of partnerships specifically in inter-religious cooperation, peace buidling and sustainable development.

Under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies and Arab Woman and Child for Training and Development Organization organized the second Middle East Regional Meeting on 23rd and 24th April 2019 in Amman, Jordan under the theme, “Ending Violence Against Children: Role of Faith Communities in the Middle East.”

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).