World Day News
New York, 11 December 2013 – The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children expanded its influence as it celebrated the sixth Day of Prayer on Universal Children’s Day on 20 November 2013. The World Day was the catalyst for 95 events – held in 51 countries in late November – which brought together secular and faith-based organizations to work to end violence against children.
MATSAPHA – Violence against children has become one of the biggest challenges faced by the country.
This has prompted UNICEF and Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) to reaffirm their commitment in strengthening systems that protect children.
Children in the country experience all forms of abuse, physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological abuse resulting in serious consequences and in the process damaging their health and development.
Early this week, this newspaper reported on a case of two children who were stabbed by their father's rival around Matsapha.
Making his speech during the Day of Prayer and Action for Children on Wednesday at Esibayeni Lodge, Deputy Prime Minister Paul Dlamini said a study has confirmed that violence against children especially female was highly prevalent. "The violence often occurs in places that should provide safety such as home and school and lately some sporadic cases from the church environment," he said.
The DPM said it was encouraging to note that Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) have shown commitment to child protection.
He applauded UNICEF for the support they have been rendering towards supporting initiatives by FBOs.
UNICEF Deputy Representative Muriel Mafico said they have been working with religious groups to advocate for children on a wide variety of issues including education, health, HIV/AIDs awareness, violence and abuse issues.
Mafico said as Swaziland joins the rest of the world to celebrate the 2013 World Day of Prayer; she was pleased to note that for the past three years FBOs have continued to take action and deliver programmes for children in their various constituencies. "Our partnership has grown as reflected by the wide range of partners," she said.
(Vatican Radio) As the world marks Universal Children's Day - the anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child - UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed and under-reported.
Liberia, on Wednesday (Nov 20), joined the rest of the world to commemorate the Universal Children's Day - the 24th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child - with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stating that four children were being raped daily in the country.
ROADTOWN Tortola BVI, November 20th, 2013 - The children of the Joyce Samuel Primary School received prayers for their safety and protection in observance of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
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