World Day News

Comments by Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, General Secretary of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka

1 Oct 2014  |  News and Press - World Day News

I am a lay Buddhist. I represent the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka which is by far the most widespread grassroots people’s organization which is engaged in integrated/holistic community development, peace building and reconciliation covering the entire country. The development philosophy of the Savodaya movement is based on Buddhist teachings and Gandhian principles but it works across all ethnic and religious communities in Sri Lanka.

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Share your World Day of Prayer and Action for Children celebration with us!

21 Aug 2014  |  News and Press - World Day News

 

Whether you celebrate the World Day on or around November 20 or you work on children’s issues throughout the year, we would like to hear from you how you try to give expression in and to celebration, worship, meditation, reflection that strengthens and supports your work and action.
 
We want to establish a resource page for anyone who would like to celebrate The Day of Prayer and Action for Children. With a resource page we want to engage religious leaders and their communities in the celebration of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. With a resource page we want to contribute to the building of a community, where people of different religious and cultural traditions, can inspire each other and together all over the world be strengthened in knowing that they belong together and are all committed to the wellbeing, security and rights of children. ]
 
How do you or how would you like to express a moment of spirituality in celebration? Do you work together with people of different faiths or do you work with people from your own religious community? How do you make sense of the Prayer in the title of the Day of Prayer and Action for Children?
 
Let us know what you do or what you would like to do. Share with us a prayer, a text, a meditation, a reflection, a hymn or song, an illustration or drawing, a video-clip or slides and we will post it on our resource page building day by day a library of spiritual resources!
 
Already now you can see how this page is growing day by day. Thank you for being part of this undertaking to establish a library of your prayers for a Day of Prayer and Action for children!
 
Please send you contribution to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Kind regards
 
Hans Ucko
Co-chair
Day of Prayer and Action for Children
 
PS If you need additional information or seek any advice, don’t hesitate but contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NEWS RELEASE: Religious and Secular Groups Expand Work to End Violence Against Children

11 Dec 2013  |  News and Press - 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.  

 

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How is World Day Doing?

27 Jul 2014  |  News and Press - World Day News
Findings from the 2013 World Day Evaluation Report

Let us imagine World Day as a five-year-old girl. This summary of findings from the independently conducted 2013 World Day Evaluation takes the form of a letter from the New York Secretariat to religious, secular and civic friends and partners.

Dear Friends of World Day:

Because of you, World Day is doing well in her fifth year. She knows that not every girl has devoted friends from so many faiths, countries and backgrounds coming together to celebrate her birthday annually. In fact, three out of every four of you hold interfaith services including prayer ceremonies; indicating that collaboration is "essential to protect the rights of children," along with the forums, workshops, trainings, vigils, marches and policy efforts you mobilized.

In fact, although 20 November is her "special day," World Day has heard that many of you organize multiple gatherings that run for several days or weeks. It seems to work well that one of you takes the lead, with many other groups joining in. For 2013, we've heard about 96 celebrations in 51 countries so far, and that most of the gatherings were coordinated with UNICEF and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC). World Day enjoyed the companionship of peers also, as children took part in about half of these activities. 

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UNICEF, FBOS LAMENT VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

22 Nov 2013  |  News and Press - World Day News

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.

Read the original article on Times of Swaziland.