Search For Justice and Children Advocacy Network – CAN Pakistan, a GNRC Member in Pakistan, organized a child-led peace walk in Lahore, Pakistan on 28th August 2019 to highlight the need for safety and wellbeing of the children and families in Kashmir to be protected. A total of 100 children, accompanied by their teachers and CAN Pakistan officials participated in the peace walk.

As the world prepares to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in September 2019, four GNRC youth from Cameroon, Ecuador, India and Pakistan have been actively developing and implementing activities addressing the CRC. The four young leaders are working together with their local GNRC network in organizing activities that aim to create a better world for children and youth.

GNRC Member in Germany, Jugend, Bildung und Kultur e.V., partnered with Sustainable Rural Community Development Organization, Malawi to conduct two youth exchange programs, between 8th – 24th April 2019 and 5th – 20th August 2019, under the theme, “Act for Society.” The program, which took place in Chikwawa aimed at empowering young people in active participation, decision-making and inclusion skills. Forty eight (48) young leaders from Germany and Malawi came together to learn and exchange ideas. They discussed the most burning issues affecting youth and children in their countries and possible solutions to address them.

Between 5th and 12th August 2019, Jugend, Bildung und Kultur e.V, GNRC Member in Germany, conducted a media training workshop for 31 youth leaders and workers in Velbert, Germany. The meeting sought to equip youth with ICT related skills that will expose them to diverse career opportunities in information technology. The training also fostered digital competences in youth work.

On 23rd – 29th July 2019, Jugend, Bildung und Kultur e.V., GNRC Member in Germany, partnered with GEYC from Romania, BYF from Bulgaria, SYTEV from Slovakia, LUMEN from Croatia and Youth Dynamics from Cyprus, to conduct a training workshop, ‘Souls without Frontiers,’ for young leaders on dealing with matters peace and integration. The event, which took place in Velbert, Germany, was attended by 32 participants from 12 countries in Europe who are volunteers and youth workers mainly working with refugees, migrants, minorities and other vulnerable groups. Other organizations supporting the training included Copenhagen Youth Network from Denmark, DEL-ALFOLDI EUROTENDER from Hungary, STOWARZYSZENIE NA RZECZ DZIECI I MLODZIEZY USKRZYDLAMY from Poland, Pi Youth Association from Turkey, and FNEE from Portugal.

Four bright and enthusiastic young people (aged 16 to 18) are the new members of the GNRC Youth Committee that was created in April 2019. After a thorough selection process, these young leaders were selected among 28 candidates who applied to a call for an internship that was launched by Arigatou International in March 2019.

The young interns are based in India, Cameroon, Ecuador, and Pakistan, and they were chosen due to their outstanding commitment with their local GNRC groups towards promoting the rights of the child, finding peaceful solutions to conflicts in their communities, and overall building a better world together.

As members of the GNRC Youth Committee, they are responsible for developing and implementing a special campaign to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and they are already working together with their local GNRC group in organizing several events as part of the campaign.


“There is a dire need to incorporate human rights as a necessary subject in syllabi of our schools and colleges in order to equip future generations with basic human rights.” This was echoed by the Pakistan Provincial Minister for Human Rights, Minority Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Hon. Ijaz Alam Augustine, during the dialogue workshop between girls and key stakeholders on “Prioritization of Ending Gender Based Violence.”