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A Call to Action on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2015

“It is the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference” Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate 2004. Finally, it comes to this, the little things that each one of us can do to end child poverty. This last September, assembled at the United Nations in New York, the global community- in adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (en/our-campaigns/post-2015-development-agenda) - committed to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” before 2030. This is a profound moment, that many have been waiting for, an unequivocal commitment by all nations and actors to end poverty in this lifetime.

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Empowering girls against Gender Based Violence through Education.

Sustainable Development Goals represent a worldwide commitment to ending poverty, protecting the environment and promoting peace and prosperity. Progress on many of the goals including good health and wellbeing, gender equality (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg5) and reduced inequalities could be achieved by ending Gender Based Violence (GBV). When women and girls are able to live healthy, safe lives free from violence, they are able to participate in and contribute to their communities extensively.

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Giving as a way to End Child Poverty

A briefing note from UNICEF and World Bank[1] (#_ftn1) in 2018 reported that children are more than twice as likely as adults to be living in extreme poverty. In absolute numbers there are an estimated 385 million children living on less than US$1.90 a day. Children represent half of the global extreme poor while they only represent around 32% of the global population.

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How Interfaith Harmony Promotes Children’s Wellbeing

This February, we join thousands across the globe in commemorating the World Interfaith Harmony Week, from 1 – 7 February 2019. The Interfaith Harmony Week provides a platform for interfaith groups and people of goodwill to come together, dialogue and act for the wellbeing of our societies. Such dialogue is often premised by the principle that all people of goodwill can recognise that the common values they hold, far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities.

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People of Faith Taking Action!

As part of End Child Poverty's Right to Education and Strengthening of the Women Care Givers programmes and our resolve to end all violence against children, End Child Poverty partnered with ICAN to support a community learning center that provides education and social skills to the Rohngya refugee children in Kuala Lumpur.

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“My Vision is to see Every Child Live Good”

Have you ever imagined having a family of 159 children? Well, it sounds unbelievable but Rev. Kenneth Wachianga is one man with such a family. But wait, these are not his biological children, they are either abandoned, orphaned and underprivileged. Perturbed by how the church (in his community) was doing little to help the children out of poverty, Rev. Wachianga, then a young Anglican priest at Sirimbi parish in Siaya, Kenya; decided to make a difference. A difference to take action towards moving children out of poverty. He remembers meeting 5 students in 1998, who had finished their high school studies and were unable to join their Universities of choice despite having passed their exams. It is at this point that he, together with other well wishers (mainly religious leaders) sponsored the students to the University.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

The impact of Gender Based Violence on children lasts well into their adult life. Beyond the direct and short-term consequences of Gender Based Violence, children who grow up in families where there is violence or the children witness violence are more likely to have emotional and behavioural problems.

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5 Good Reasons to Celebrate IDEP

International Days, established by the United Nations or other relevant bodies presents us with a perfect opportunity to engage intensified efforts towards eradication of child poverty. Such efforts go a long way in fulfilling our role in interfaith advocacy and lobbying.

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A Unified Call to Protect and Uphold Children’s Rights

Youth leaders within the YouthInAction network together with those from the African Children and Youth Network for Human Rights/Réseau des Enfants et Jeunes Africains pour les Droits Humains (REJADH) have called for the need to promote and uphold children’s rights in commemoration this year’s Day of the African Child. Both the youths networks are part of the wider Arigatou International community.

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Africa needs a revolutionary in Education

Poverty levels are also closely linked to gender disparities in education. A comparison of male and female out-of-school rates shows that in low-income countries females are more likely to be out of school than males, while the opposite can be observed in high-income countries. The countries with the highest out-of-school rates also tend to be among the poorest countries in the world.

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Can Interfaith Communication Prevent Violent Extremism?

Can effective interfaith communication help prevent and counter violent extremism? Definitely yes. Effective communication paves the pathway for people from different faiths to know each other better. It allows the fostering of mutual understanding and thereby leaves little room for the misuse of religion to fuel violent extremism.

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Child empowerment and inclusivity

The theme of this year’s High-Level Political Forum – a UN platform where countries submit and discuss their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”, a theme closely linked with child poverty and Early Childhood Development (ECD). This Forum which will be held next month - July 2019, provides an opportunity for 47 Governments to showcase their commitment and efforts to end child poverty by investing in the ECD.

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Children and Youth as Peacemakers

Violence results not only in poverty but also creates more violence. This vicious circle of violence and impunity transforms many vulnerable groups into agents that replicate abuse and mistreatment from one generation to another, thereby causing unemployment, economic downturns and instability. Violence has a devastating impact on a poor person's struggle from poverty, seriously undermines economic development in poor countries, and directly reduces the effectiveness of poverty alleviation.

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Coimbatore Peace Festival 2018 – A platform for Peace Building

“We can draw strength from youth and from their common commitment to the well–being of all.” This is the underlying principle in the oncoming Coimbatore Peace Festival under the theme: ‘Stand up for Peace.’ The Festival is set to take place on 9th August 2018 in Sarojini Nataraj Auditorium, Kikani Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore, India as organized by Shanti Ashram; a partner of Arigatou International – End Child poverty initiative.

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