Religious days ahead are an opportunity to protect children from violence
Statement of Lynn Hastings, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Lucia Elmi, Special Representative of UNICEF to the State of Palestine
EAST JERUSALEM, 31 March 2022: Religious times during the month of April are an opportunity for tolerance, celebration, respite from hostilities, and above all for the protection of children, wherever they are, from all types of violence.
These holy days are a time for families and communities to come together. It is also the time to reflect on what unites us in humanity, including the hope for a better future for all children and creating the space for them to fulfill their rights and thrive.
The United Nations wishes all people, including religious and community leaders, peaceful holy days ahead. We call on leaders in the State of Palestine and in Israel to turn the month of April into a month of commitment to children and their rights. We call for the safety of children to be preserved, and to protect them from harm and violence at all times.
Children are the greatest resource for the future. They account for over half of the population in both the State of Palestine and in Israel. It is only through children and young people that positive change can be made.
Every child, irrespective of background, race, religion or the circumstances they live under should have an equal chance to fulfil their innate potential.
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.