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The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in partnership with End Child Poverty and the Umbrella for Vulnerable in Rwanda, supported six hundred (600) children and youth to acquire Health Insurance Covers under the Health Insurance Scheme Project. The cover, issued on 28th June 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, is set to run for the entire year of June 2018 – June 2019.

On 28th June 2018, GNRC in partnership with Ethics Education for Children and the Umbrella for Vulnerable in Rwanda, conducted a one day workshop for children focusing on Protecting Children from Violent Extremism, Gang Violence and Organized Crime, and – Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children. The workshop, which was hosted in Kigali, Rwanda, was attended by six hundred (600) children and youth from the region.

Within the framework of Mexico's commitment as a path-finding country in the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and to accelerate the achievement of the End Violence goals, a group of faith based organizations, under the leadership of World Vision Mexico and the technical guidance of UNICEF Mexico, opened a space for dialogue, discussion and analysis among faith based organizations to define concrete actions for the prevention and elimination of violence against children in the country. The first meeting of the Faith-Based Communities for the Protection of Children and Adolescents took place on 25th May, 2018 at the Methodist Church of the Holy Trinity in Mexico City, Mexico. This idea arose after the participation of some of these faith-based organizations at the GNRC 5th Forum in Panama in May 2017.

GNRC–Mexico was launched on 24th May 2018, a day before the meeting of the Faith-Based Communities for the Protection of Children and Adolescents at the Methodist Church of the Holy Trinity in Mexico City, Mexico. World Vision hosted the meeting attended by a group of faith based organizations, including the Methodist Church, the Anglican Church, the Theological Community of Mexico, the Methodist Church, the Scalabrinian Mission for Migrants and Refugees and the Zen Buddhist Community. GNRC chaired the meeting through her Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Silvia Mazzarelli. Participants discussed the opportunity of building a GNRC network in Mexico. During her presentation, Ms. Mazzarelli presented Arigatou International and her initiatives, with more focus on GNRC’s priorities and the follow-up to the Panama Commitments on Ending Violence Against Children reached at the GNRC 5th Forum in May 2017.

GNRC–Pakistan through its partnering organizations, Search For Justice and CAN Pakistan, conducted a workshop for senior police officials on 27th April 2018 in Lahore, Pakistan. The meeting dubbed, “Workshop with Police Officials on Legal Framework of Child Protection and handling of Child Abuse Cases,” aimed at analyzing the implementation of child rights and child protection laws as per international obligations. The Australian High Commission in Pakistan also supported the workshop.

Shanti Ashram has partnered with Arigatou International - End Child Poverty to build a better world for children in the region and across India. Shanti Ashram's mission is to serve as a catalyst to empower different sections of rural communities and the society at large. Demonstrating it's mission, Shanti Ashram has successfully established impactful and simple solutions to end child poverty.

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.