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GLOBAL WEEK of Faith in Action for Children 2020

  • Published: March 19, 2021

More than 1,700 children, youth, and adults from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds gathered at the GLOBAL WEEK of Faith in Action for Children, held online from 16 to 20 November 2020.

The GLOBAL WEEK was organized by Arigatou International, in collaboration with KAICIID Dialogue Center, Religions for Peace, Shanti Ashram, UNICEF and World Vision International; and with the support and participation of 64 global, regional, and local partners.


With 25 live sessions in five languages, the GLOBAL WEEK of Faith in Action for Children was a unique opportunity for children, youth, and representatives from different sectors of society to come together to propose joint actions and compelling responses to address the underlying issues that impact children’s well-being, and enhance their participation in matters that concern them, with particular focus on the impacts during and post COVID-19.

Throughout the week, participants were invited to join different activities in three different thematics: Education, Ending Child Poverty and

Ending Violence Against Children. Regional Interfaith Prayers for Children were also organized throughout the week.

The sessions included intergenerational dialogues, interactive workshops, and roundtable discussions. There were four grassroots-led sessions organized by members of the Global Network of Religions for Children, and three child-led sessions, under the title Children as Agents of Positive Change, organized by groups of children and youth, coming from GNRC member organizations and other partner organizations.

As part of the Global Week activities, the “Faith in Action for Children” virtual exhibition was unveiled on November 16, featuring messages, artworks, and multimedia projects by more than 150 children from 33 countries, produced in six different languages.

The week-long event culminated with the celebration of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, which marks Universal Children’s Day on 20 November 2020.

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Guía de Prevención de Violencia contra la Niñez

  • Published: August 04, 2020

La Guía de Prevención de Violencia contra la Niñez y la Adolescencia en El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala y México fue desarrollada por la Alianza por la Protección de la Niñez, con el objetivo de brindar herramientas útiles a las comunidades de fe de la subregión.La Guía propone estrategias y acciones concretas que los actores de fe pueden llevar a cabo para prevenir la violencia, en los niveles de prevención primaria, secundaria y terciaria. La Alianza es una iniciativa de más de 50 organizaciones y comunidades de fe, creada en 2017 en el marco del Quinto Foro Mundial de la GNRC, para proteger a los niños, niñas y adolescentes de la violencia, las pandillas y el crimen organizado. Está conformada por un Comité Coordinador Regional y 4 Comités Nacionales. Arigatou Internaitonal coordinó la Alianza desde Mayo 2017 hasta April 2020.
Más información: https://www.alianzappn.org/

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World Day Against Child Labour, 2020 — Search For Justice

  • Published: June 12, 2020

Child Rights organizations working for promotion and protection of children’s rights strongly urged provincial government to take all possible measures to implement available legal framework to address the deep-rooted issue of child labour. This was demanded during an online roundtable arranged by Search For Justice to mark World Day Against Child Labour. World Day Against Child Labour 2020 is focusing on the impact of crisis on child labour.

The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer. The crisis can push millions of vulnerable children into child labour. Already, there are an estimated 152 million children in child labour, 72 million of which are in hazardous work. These children are now at even greater risk of facing circumstances that are even more difficult and working longer hours.

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GNRC ANNUAL REPORT 2018 – 2019

  • Published: December 31, 2019

Guided by the 10 Panama Commitments on Ending Violence Against Children made during the GNRC 5th Forum held in May 2017, remarkable efforts have been made by members of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in the year 2018 – 2019.

GNRC’s grassroots efforts are inspired by diverse faith practices and a strong belief that every child is priceless in dignity and deserve to grow up safe and sound. Violence against children is one of the gravest challenges facing the world today, but it does not receive attention commensurate with its scope, scale and nature.

Violence is the leading cause of death and injury of children in the world. The evidence is overwhelming. UNICEF reports that in every five minutes, a child is killed in a violent act. About 1 billion of the 2.2 billion children around the world endure different forms of physical and sexual violence, irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, race, religion or income levels. In 2012 alone, 95,000 children between the ages of 15-19 died as a result of violence.

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

  • Published: November 19, 2019

Nearly 25 years ago, the world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.

This year, as we approach the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), there is much to celebrate: from declining infant mortality, to rising school enrollment, to better opportunities for girls. In spite of the overall gains, there are many children who have fallen even further behind. Old challenges have combined with new problems to deprive many children of their rights and the benefits of development. To meet these challenges, and to reach those children who are hardest to reach, we need new ways of thinking and new ways of doing.

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CRAVE Interfaith Resource Guide

  • Published: August 04, 2018

The Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism (CRAVE) is an interfaith peace-building program whose objective is to prevent violent extremism and transform conflicts in which mostly young people are involved in the Eastern Africa region.


The CRAVE program was launched in 2014 by the members of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) from Eastern Africa region with support from local and international partners.

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The Panama Declaration on Ending Violence Against Children

  • Published: January 31, 2018

Challenged by the global epidemic of violence against children, we, leaders and members of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, girls and boys, women and men, from 70 countries, together with representatives of governments, the United Nations, and international and grassroots organizations, met in Panama City, Panama for the 5th Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), from 9-11 May 2017.

Building upon the GNRC’s 17 years of service to the world’s children, we affirm the fundamental dignity of every boy and girl. We reaffirm the moral imperative to protect children from harm, as enshrined and protected in the teachings of all of the world’s religious and spiritual communities and in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols. We believe in the power of interfaith cooperation to transform the world.

We grieve the fact that half of the world’s children endure physical, psychological or sexual violence. It is unacceptable that every five minutes, a child somewhere is killed in a violent act.

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Declaración del Quinto Foro de la GNRC

Declaración de Panamá sobre la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Niñez

  • Published: May 19, 2017
Desafiados por la epidemia global de violencia contra los niños, nosotros, los líderes y miembros de las religiones y tradiciones espirituales del mundo, niñas y niños, mujeres y varones de 70 países, junto con representantes de los gobiernos, de las Naciones Unidas, de organizaciones internacionales y de base, nos reunimos en la Ciudad de Panamá, República de Panamá, para el V Foro de la Red Global de Religiones a favor de la Niñez (GNRC), del 9 al 11 de mayo del 2017.
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Reporte anual de la GNRC 2016-2017 (Inglés)

Invitamos a todos a leer nuestro reporte anual.

  • Published: May 15, 2017

Remarkable efforts were made by members of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in 2016- 2017. Their grassroots efforts, carried out in more than 43 countries around the world, were inspired by diverse faith practices and a strong belief that every child is priceless in dignity and deserves to grow up safe and sound. GNRC members tackle a variety of issues that cause suffering for children, including poverty, injustice and exploitation. All of these issues are directly or indirectly linked to violence against children.

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Annual Report 2015-2016

  • Published: September 19, 2016

In this report, the GNRC activities carried out in 2015/2016, are summarized. I thank all those who have supported our work across the world. Children are the future, and hope for a more peaceful world.

As we prepare for the GNRC 5th Forum to take place in May 9th, 10th and 11th 2017 in Panama City, Panama – a Forum that will exclusively address the issue of violence against children, I welcome you to join the GNRC members around the world in ending violence against children.

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Shining Ever Brighter (Inglés)

  • Published: May 20, 2016

It was in February 1945, very near the end of World War II, that I had the great fortune to meet Rev. Kohei Miyamoto, whom Myochikai members revere as Daionshi, or great spiritual leader. Not long after, I began a new life with the Daionshi and his wife, Rev. Mitsu Miyamoto. At that time, they were poor and unknown ordinary people, but I was deeply impressed by their passion and devotion to the Buddhist faith.

The Daionshi was totally selfless, free from complaints and frustrations, and constantly exuded a deep gratitude for all things. During the severe bombing of Tokyo near the end of the war, he kept a lonely vigil at the head temple of the religious organization to which he belonged. Despite suffering burns in the explosions, he stayed there, risking his life to protect the spiritual treasures in the building. This kind of unwavering faith—and putting it into practice—is the essence of the spirit of Myochikai.

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Aprender a vivir juntos

  • Published: May 17, 2016

Aprender a vivir juntos es el primer fruto de la iniciativa sobre educación ética puesta en marcha por la Fundación Arigatou y su Red Global de Religiones a favor de la Niñez (GNRC, en sus siglas en inglés).

El Consejo Interreligioso para la Educación Ética de los Niños y las Niñas, establecido por la Fundación Arigatou, constituye un centro internacional de recursos y un nexo para el diálogo, para la formación de alianzas y para la acción, cuya finalidad es promover la educación ética de la niñez y el aprendizaje interreligioso.

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Reporte anual en Inglés

2014-2015

  • Published: July 06, 2015

The 2014/2015 annual report presents a summary of key activities implemented by the GNRC members in some 40 countries around the world. GNRC focused on Ethics Education for Children, Prayer and Action for Children, End Child Poverty as well as Peacebuilding to safeguard and protect the environment that children live in.

Once again I thank all those who have supported our work across the globe with the aim of achieving a better and peaceful world for children. I invite all of you to join hands in making this world a better place for all children.

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Informe del Cuarto Foro de la GNRC en Inglés

  • Published: January 21, 2015

The Fourth Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) was held from 16th - 18th June 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, under the theme of “Ending Poverty, Enriching Children: INSPIRE. ACT. CHANGE.” Four hundred and seventy (470) participants from 64 different countries around the world, including 49 children and young people, engaged in spirited discussions focused on what the world’s faith communities can do together to end child poverty.

The members of the GNRC Fourth Forum Organizing Committee, chaired by Dr. Mustafa Ali, wisely guided the preparations for the forum, and their excellent planning was put into action by the Local Hosting Committee, chaired by Sr. Jean Pruitt. Countless others are deserving of our profound gratitude for making the forum a success, not the least of which are the Fourth Forum Co-patrons H.E. Ambassador Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim and His Lordship Bishop Dr. Method Kilaini, the African Council of Religious Leaders, and the Forum Secretary General Abubakar Kabwogi. All of the staff and the wonderful volunteers worked very hard to ensure our time together in Dar es Salaam, the “Haven of Peace,” would lead to a wonderful outcome.