Kolkata, Nov. 19. . (ANS - Rome) - The International Day of the Rights of Children and Adolescents is celebrated all round the world tomorrow, 20 November. Since 2009, this day has also been designated World Day of Prayer and Action for the Children and Youth of the World. To mark the occasion, the Rector Major has sent a message in which he invites the whole Salesian Family to ''promote the right to education for all the children of the world as a tool to combat and prevent child marriage.''

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The challenges are enormous. In India, of the nearly 160 million children younger than six years old, too many are still affected by poverty, deprivation, violence, communicable diseases, gender discrimination and, at times, public apathy. Even the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, referred to the problem of malnutrition as a matter of national shame. 

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Promoting birth registration: Church outreach that works. What might we learn from a global church network's outreach in birth registration? Dr. Sally Thompson, Coordinator of the International Anglican Family Network (IAFN) shares information on the work being done by the IAFN and Communion of Anglican Churches around the world.

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Positive parenting training: Five keys to success

Since 2006, Save the Children has introduced its eight-week positive parenting program into 30 countries. Two of its Child Protection staff members, Director Lena Karlsson and Advisor Sara Johansson, share the keys to their success.

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Your work is wonderfully unique, relevant to your context, and not quite like any other World Day partner's. Our movement is exciting precisely because of the diversity of stories, reports and news that can inspire others, worldwide. And when you read someone else's story here, it can spark a new creative thought or approach for your own setting – even though that partner might live many miles away. So may these stories inspire you. And don't forget to post your news for the World Day Map!  

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Today, the World Economic Forum Blog published a piece on youth participation written by Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, President of Arigatou International and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith. In an article titled, "What the Young can Teach us—If Given a Chance", Rev. Miyamoto emphasizes on the importance to work with youth to build a better world today. Prior to writing this article, Rev. Miyamoto asked the Global Network of Religions for Children's Youth Network for their input on the topic.

Click here to read the WEF Blog page. 

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The details continue to pour in to World Day’s New York office, but preliminary reports show that World Day’s global theme Stop Violence against Children was the topic of scores of community mobilization campaigns, workshops and seminars during the 2012 World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, which was celebrated on 20 November 2012 at over 100 activities in more than 55 countries. The World Day will publish details of the 2012 events in early 2013.

Ending child marriage, which is often associated with violence against girls, is a major goal of the World Day. This year, early marriage and violence against girls were the topic of a large number of World Day events. They will continue to be a central topic in 2013.

“No true religion can ever condone violence against women and girls,” said Anne Anderson, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, on 14 December 2012 at a United Nations Stakeholders’ Forum for preventing and eliminating violence against women.

In November, World Day Co-Chair Reverend Dr. Hans Ucko spoke out against honor killings at a conference on “Violence and the Family” in Istanbul, which was organized by “The Journalists and Writers Foundation” a World Day Council member affiliated organization. (Honor killing is when a male member of the family kills a female relative for tarnishing the family image.) “Honor killing is murder and murder is never justified in the interpretation of religion or tradition. On the contrary, religions and traditions play a constructive role to build peaceful societies” Reverend Ucko explained.

To date, 100% of respondents to an on-line survey say that they will participate in the World Day again in 2013.

About the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children envisions a world where all children have a joyous childhood; where they can play, learn and grow; where they are loved and cared for; where their health, safety and rights are protected. The World Day is committed to ending violence against children. World Day partners believe that by working together, religious communities, governments and secular organizations can better protect more children from violence than they can by working alone.

The logo for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children features a stylized image of a child painting a rainbow in the sky. The rainbow symbolizes the diversity of the human family and the child’s act of painting it represents people, including children and youth, working to build a better world for children.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius

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