Arigatou International recently convened its 5th Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), 9th – 11th May 2017 in Panama; bringing together nearly 500 young persons and faith actors from 70 countries. It was an opportunity for our partners, to genuinely reflect and make solid commitments towards ending violence against children and us.
GBV negatively impacts children and youth from all religious traditions, whether they are from a rich or poor background and regardless of their sex, race or ethnicity. GBV has also been used as a weapon of war in many conflict situations.
We need to ask ourselves, as transformed faith communities, how can we put a stop to this, once and for all? How can we resolutely take action to end this form of violence against young people?
It is encouraging to see the young leaders of the REJADH responding to this challenge, by wholeheartedly advocating against GBV. It is my hope that we will, as faith communities, keep supporting such powerful initiatives and live up to our promises made at the GNRC 5th Forum.
Nyambura Gichuki, Programs Officer, End Child Poverty