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As part of planning for the International Day of Peace set to take place on 21st September, 2017, GNRC–Bosnia and Herzegovina led by the Women's Association for Interreligious Dialogue in Family and Society (Mosaic) working in partnership with the World Vision International, held an awareness workshop for women in Zenica. The one-day event was to empower women to be change agents in their communities. The workshop brought together ninety (90) participants from the Catholic and Islamic community.

The Secretary General participated in a board meeting of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children on 19th September 2017 in New York, United States of America. Chaired by the Executive Director for UNICEF, Mr. Anthony Lake, the board discussed the concept for the upcoming Solutions Summit, which is to be held in February 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. The board also discussed possible ways to build partnerships with global companies and organizations so as to help in ending violence against children.

The GNRC Secretary General, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali met with Ms. Saydoon Sayed and Sr. Gladonald Chikelue, coordinators of GNRC South Africa and Nigeria respectively, at the Arigatou International Nairobi offices on 31st August 2017. Also present during the meeting was Dr. Dorcas Kiplagat, GNRC’s Network and Programs Coordinator. They discussed many issues including ways to strengthen the GNRC Network in the two countries and Africa as a whole.

GNRC member in Lebanon, the People's Assembly for People (Annas Linnas), visited the Katermaya camp in Chouf, Lebanon on 29th August 2017. The purpose of the call was to empathize with the situation of the refugees in the camps and to console them. Amal Association for Education, an Italian non-governmental organisation, also took part in the visit.

Asociatia Sol Mentis, a GNRC member in Romania, in partnership with Romanian Business Consult (RBC) and Savanna have obtained accreditation for the improved version (52h and 13credits) of the continuing training programme "Learning To Live Together" for teachers in schools. The approval was initiated on 8th September 2017 by order of the National Education Minister no. 4586/09.08.2017.

GNRC–Kenya through Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) participated in a workshop in Minna, Nigeria from 24th July to 28th July 2017, to contribute to the development of counter-narratives against Boko Haram Narratives. The five-day workshop dubbed, “Reviewing Contents and Approaches in Responding to Extremists’ Narratives”, was conducted to explore sustainable solutions to the extremism threat in Nigeria and West Africa.

“The government has failed to comply with international commitments to ensure the protection of children’s rights.” This was a unified voice echoed by Child Rights Movement (CRM) officials during a media briefing on Pakistan’s Commitment to securing Children Rights on 26th August 2017 at Lahore, Pakistan.