Search For Justice/CAN Pakistan, a member of GNRC–Pakistan, in partnership with the Pakistan Police Department and the Australian High Commission-Pakistan, organized a child safety training workshop in Sheikhupura, Pakistan aimed at increasing the effectiveness of police officers towards countering violence against children. Approximately thirty five (35) participants comprising police officers from the Child Safety Cell and government officials attended the workshop.

GNRC–Kenya through BRAVE/CSCR held a Madrassa Committee Meeting on 14th March 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss the context of violence against children in madrassas and possible solutions to preventing and ultimately ending the menace. The meeting was the second of its kind after the previous one held in 2nd December 2017. The seven (7) committee member organizations, comprising religious leaders and professionals, discussed various ways to end violence against children in Madrassas, and came up with resolutions and way forward on the issue.

‘Learning to Live Together’ in Romania

In March 2018, GNRC–Romania conducted 10 sessions on ‘Learning to Live Together,’ supported by GNRC’s sister initiative, Ethics Education for Children. The trainings reached one hundred and seventy nine (179) students from different schools in Bucharest, Romania.

Advocacy Workshop to Protect Children, Pakistan

Search For Justice/CAN Pakistan, a member of GNRC–Pakistan, in partnership with the local government and the Australian High Commission in Pakistan, organized a two-day workshop from 13th to 14th March 2018 to discuss sustainable solutions towards preventing violence against children in Pakistan. The workshop, which took place in Faisalabad, Pakistan, was attended by thirty five (35) participants from the local government, civil society organizations, community leaders and officials from the Australian High Commission. The Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Faisalabad, Mr. Sheikh Muhammad Yousaf, graced the workshop.

Nurturing Spirituality within the Family to Prevent Violence Against Children in Brazil

On 7th March 2018, Arigatou International Geneva and GNRC–Brazil together with Pastoral da Criança, co-organized a roundtable discussion on Strengthening Families to Nurture Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence Against Children. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Pai Alexandre Silveira, leader from the African Traditional Religions and GNRC Coordinator in Brazil; attended by sixty (60) participants including religious leaders, civil society and journalists from the national media. The roundtable discussion was conducted to analyze the context of violence against children, its effects on the integral development of a child and seek solutions towards addressing the problem in the country.

Tackling Negative Perceptions and Stereotyping in Romania

GNRC–Romania through Asociatia Sol Mentis conducted a counselling session for children dubbed, “Counselling on Perception and Stereotyping,” on 20th March 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. The session aimed at eradicating negative perception of others in children, by educating them on peaceful co-existence, tolerance and appreciation. The importance of diversity was also shared, emphasizing that God created people differently so that everyone can be unique in their own way.

On 19th March 2018, GNRC–Rwanda organized a fruit tree-planting activity aimed at combatting malnutrition among children. One hundred (100) children from Rwamagana district in Eastern Rwanda attended the event.