CAN Pakistan and Search For Justice observed the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children on 20th November 2017 by organizing two separate sessions for boys and girls on child protection in Lahore, Pakistan. Children were taught on their rights and responsibilities as stakeholders of the society and their importance to protecting themselves from exploitation. The global context on violence against children was shared, to help the children avoid falling victim of violent acts. Psychologist and parliamentarian, Dr. Aliya Aftab, participated in the event.

GNRC–Kenya led by Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) marked the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children on 25th November 2017 at the Molem Superloaf Primary School in Kariobangi, Nairobi. The event themed, “Stop Violence Against Children,” was attended by one hundred and (110) children from the Good Hope Children’s Home and Villadeac Children’s Home situated in Kariobangi. Other organisations that attended the event included Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR), the Cry of a Young One, Fair Kenya Organization and Child Life Kenya.

Youth participating at the Regional Youth Peace Forum organized by Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty and GNRC in collaboration with the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) conducted side activities to commemorate the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children (DPAC), on 20th November 2017 at Sagana, Kenya. The event was attended by thirty-nine (39) participants from five (5) countries in the Horn of Africa including Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania.

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.