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.

Albinism is Just a Colour

GNRC–Tanzania in partnership with CEFA Onlus Tanzania and Under The Same Sun (UTSS), conducted five participatory workshops from 9th – 13th April 2018 to raise awareness on People living with Albinism (PWA). The workshop, which took place in Bariadi District, Simiyu region, Tanzania, focused on addressing albinophobia through ethics education and instilling of moral values in the audience. A total of one hundred and fifty eight (158) participants including health workers, community development officers, social welfare officers, legal and justice officials, teachers, youth, children and the local government, benefited from the workshops.

GNRC–Kenya participated at an interfaith dialogue for peace on 11th and 12th of April 2018 at the Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya. The interfaith meeting dubbed, “Muslim – Christian Engagement for Social Transformation in Africa: The Role of Academic Institutions,” was organized by Tangaza University College and Umma University. A total of two hundred (200) participants including professionals and religious leaders from the Christian and Muslim faiths were in attendance. They discussed ways to enhance coexistence between members of the two faiths and specifically by adopting a social transformation methodology towards peace and development. Other organizations that participated in the interfaith engagement were Africa Muslims Agency, National Cohesion and Integration Commission of Kenya, Ziviler Friedensdienst Civil Peace Service and Ageh Mitmenschen. The Comboni Missionaries and Missionaries of Africa were also represented in the interfaith dialogue.

GNRC and Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty through I CAN Malaysia, organized a three-day intensive workshop from 6th – 8th April 2018 at International Islamic University in Malaysia to address the staggering levels of poverty that leads to unemployment and eventually increase in violence. The workshop replicated the WORTH program, an award-winning micro-banking program that empowers women to lift themselves and each other from poverty. WORTH’s unique model brings women and girls together to save money, access credit and start small businesses. A total of twelve (12) participants including women and girls from different organizations such as the Refugee Mothers from Rohingya, benefited from this workshop.