"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much."
Marian Wright Edelman
Violence against children is everywhere. But most of the time people turn a blind eye. It’s hidden behind closed doors. It’s invisible.
All children have the right to live free from violence. Violence which harms their physical and mental growth. Violence which holds back every society.
But violence against children is entirely preventable when people come together and say that it is not acceptable. When they make "the invisible visible".
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson raises his voice in support of a new UNICEF initiative to prevent violence against children. Watch the video below:
During summer season, school holiday, after-school clubs and community centers have an important role for children and young people offering cultural summer activities. They keep young people occupied.
So, here a great opportunity to propose to children and young people. The UNICEF campaign #ENDviolence against children.
These after-school clubs and community centers know well the problem. They can help children who suffer violence at home, bullying on the internet or on the street.
UNICEF proposes an interesting competion. Visit the website and look for information.
- The website can be read in three languages:
English, Français, Español.
- Organize an #ENDviolence against children event, bringing children and community members together to paint, draw, make posters, record videos about ending violence.
- Organize an #ENDviolence against children walk or flashmob to raise awareness about violence against children.
- Make sure you inform your local media and ask them to run special stories on the #ENDviolence initiative.
- Ask for volunteers teens or young people to reach out to support a child victim of violence in their community by volunteering as a tutor or mentor.
- Find an organization near you to learn more about how you could help.
1. Write, stamp, stencil, tag #ENDViolence somewhere that inspires chidren: on themselves or a friend, on paper, in the sand, on a wall... just let them be creative!
2. Take a picture;
3. Upload it to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Statigram;
4. Don't forget tje hastag #ENDViolence and mention @UNICEF
The top 5 photographers will receive a UNICEF tshirt and an ink stamp branded with #ENDViolence.
The top 10 photos will be showcase as a part of the International Day of NonViolence (2 October 2013).
Deadline for Competion: 14 August 2013.
This is a subject that teachers must not avoid! There are always a student in our classroom who suffers from any kind of violence.
Since the International Day of NonViolence will be celebratede the 2 October 2013, schools can propose activities:
- Talk to your students about the issues surrounding violence against children and what local support is available to children who have experienced violence as well as to those who have witnessed it.
- Prepare a panel discussion open to the school community. Invite local experts on violence against children to talk about what local actions are underway to address it and examine where weaknesses lie
- Start a #ENDviolence against children group in your school to discuss local actions that can help end existing violence and abuses against children and to break the cycle of any potential future violence against children from occurring.
- Develop a school project. Dedicate a week or a month to the issue. Tell UNICEF about it, tell local press about it, tell the world about it!
"Telling children about what bad can happen and is happening around the world is good, but telling them about what good has been done and can be done is more important to shape a bright tomorrow."
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