Do you care enough to stop child abuse?
© Women’s World Summit Foundation
In 2000, the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) launched the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse to alert governments and civil society organisations across the world to play a more active role to promote respect for Articles 19 and 34 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Both these articles uphold every child’s right to live a life free of violence and abuse, including sexual abuse and exploitation.
WWSF set aside 19 November as the annual date to commemorate World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, in synergy with Universal Children’s Day on 20 November.
CAMPAIGN THEME 2010
Adults and young people unite for better prevention of abuse and violence against children
An agenda for broad dialogue and action
“The future belongs to those who can
give it the greatest hope.”
WWSF 2010 CALL TO ACTION
Abuse and violence against children and youth continue to exist everywhere. It is important to remind us that our duty for protection consists of not only taking care of victims, but also of preventing all acts of abuse and violence against children and youth in all settings.
2010 marks the WWSF Children-Youth Section 10th Anniversary of the Campaign and World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse on 19 November. It is also the beginning of a new decade during which adults and young people unite for better prevention and ultimately for the elimination of abuse and violence against children and adolescents.
Learn how you can help by downloading the Campaign Kit
AN NGO COALITION TO FOCUS ON PREVENTION
WWSF launched an international NGO coalition in 2001 to make the World Day a global call for action and to mark it with relevant events and activities that focus on prevention education. The main purpose of the NGO coalition is to contribute to the creation of a culture of prevention of abuse and violence against children. This global alliance works to raise awareness, mobilise public opinion and action, and disseminates prevention programs.
WWSF issued a Call to Action in 2007 to make prevention of abuse and violence against children a priority. A culture of prevention is needed to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Prevention demands of each and every one of us to take a stand to and become active agents for change for the creation of a World Fit for Children.
GROWING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
The first World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse in 2001 was marked by 149 organisations. In 2009, the international NGO coalition united more than 700 organisations in 125 countries to commemorate the Day with local or national activities. The World Day has received support messages from many notable individuals across the world, including:
§ Ms. Marta Santos Pais, appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children
§ Prof. Yanghee Lee, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
§ Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan
§ Prof. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Independent Expert responsible for the UN SG's Study on Violence against Children
§ Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate