UNICEF continues promoting child rights among religious leaders in Georgia
LIKANI, Georgia, 1-2 November 2021. A two-day information session on child rights was organized by UNICEF in partnership with the State Agency for Religious Issues for 17 representatives of seven religious denominations practicing in Georgia.
Issues such as general principles and provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Code on the Rights of the Child; stages of psychological development of children and impact of violence on children; importance of healthy lifestyle for young people to prevent depression, anxiety and suicide; prevention of youth becoming in conflict with the law and protection of children amid the Covid-19 pandemic were discussed at the meeting. UNICEF Representative, programme specialists and invited experts made presentations about the above topics and initiated discussions to allow the participants to better understand the concepts and to receive information about the situation of children and existing policies and mechanisms.
"The role of religious leaders is crucial in advancing and protecting children’s rights as they are close to their communities and understand their needs." - Ghassan Khalil
“We continue partnership with the State Agency for Religious Issues to reach more religious leaders with the information about child rights”, says Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “The role of religious leaders is crucial in advancing and protecting children’s rights as they are close to their communities and understand their needs. We had interesting discussions and we look forward to further collaboration with all religious denominations in Georgia,” added Khalil.
UNICEF has already conducted a number of sessions on child rights for the representatives of the Georgian Orthodox Church and the Muslim religious communities of Georgia.
UNICEF and the State Agency for Religious Issues signed the Memorandum of Cooperation in 2019 to promote and protect child rights among various other religious denominations in Georgia.
Having high respect and trust of society, religious leaders are well placed to achieve positive changes in society, with significant potential for triggering and sustaining improvements in child welfare and development.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/