Whether it's ending violence against girls and women, or any other cause, to help society, children and youth need to be at the front line because they have so much positive energy and optimism.
It's an age when they learn from peers, inspire others and bring collective change. Changing centuries-old thinking takes time, so it is with the young where the change should start. Teach them, inside and outside schools, the importance of gender equality and why violence against women and girls needs to be ended. Such awareness will ensure such discriminatory values are not inherited by these young people who will later on pass positive values to next generations.
Children and young people in Malaysia have many cultural and educational advantages, and they can help build a democratic society anchored on equality within the country's broad ethnic and cultural diversity. Using art, music, culture, and social media, children and young people are saying "no" to violence against girls and women.
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