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GNRC–Bosnia and Herzegovina in partnership with UŽ "Mozaik", World Vision and UNICEF organised an awareness workshop to sensitize children and youth on preventive measures towards ending violence against children. The workshop held on 20th November 2017, themed Stop Violence Against Children, was to celebrate the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children (DPAC). Much emphasis was also put on child rights and the importance of education for children for a brighter future. More than fifty (50) youth and children participated at the one day event which took place at the Visoko municipality.

Sombor Educational Center, a member of GNRC, commemorated the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children by carrying out an outdoor event in Sombor, Serbia. The activity, hosted on 20th November 2017, sought to echo the theme of the international day namely Stop Violence Against Children. The event was supported by Arigatou International Prayer and Action for Children, the TRAG Foundation, the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia, the CSO Dialogue and local authorities.

Turkana County is the poorest and most marginalized County in Kenya. Because of poverty, most parents are not able to support their children’s basic needs including food, health and education. For a long time, the church has played a central role in providing these basic services. The Catholic Diocese of Lodwar in particular has been at the forefront in delivering crucial services to the poorest of the poor.

At the regional sessions of the GNRC 5th Forum in Panama in May 2017, participants from Middle East observed that violent incidences against children (VAC) occurred on daily basis with very few of them being reported to the relevant agencies. Lack of official statistics on the different forms of VAC across the region was also noted. VAC in the region was attributed to the high poverty levels in the communities and high illiteracy levels of the parents or grandparents. The participants arrived at the conclusion that protecting children is not only the responsibility of the faith communities, but that of the society as a whole including governments.

GNRC-Kenya held its annual strategic meeting on 10th November 2017 at the Arigatou International–Nairobi offices as a way to strengthen the GNRC and make plans for the coming year. With the recently concluded GNRC 5th Forum, the Secretary General of the Global Networks of Religions for Children (GNRC), Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, shared about the successes achieved at the Forum particularly the ten commitments to end violence against children, that participants agreed to adhere to. He encouraged the GNRC members to align their work with the commitments, and to network and work together on issues such as awareness creation, training, and sharing of information to prevent violence against children.

GNRC Member, “Mosaic” Interfaith Women Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina, led by GNRC Coordinator, Ms. Ismeta Begic, participated in a youth forum dubbed “Strengthening Youth Action for Peace: Creative Multicultural and Multi- religious Approaches and Tools”, held in Brussels, Belgium on the 27th October - 2nd November 2017. Ms. Begic shared about her organization’s partnership with Arigatou International GNRC, laying emphasis on the international days recognized by the UN, that both organizations celebrate annually; 21st September - International Day of Peace, 17th October – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) and the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children which is celebrated every 20th November.

GNRC–Uganda through Youth Leaders for Restoration and Development (YOLRED) organized a community training on ending violence against children, on 6th July 2017 in Makindye, Northern Uganda. Twenty-four (24) participants were reached through the one-day training workshop. With the worrying trends of violence against children worldwide, GNRC–Uganda sought to create awareness on the issue by educating the community on the rights and responsibilities of children. The training was supported by the Goldin Institute and the Caritas Counselling and Training Institute.