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17 March 2016, New York

Arigatou International - New York co-hosted a panel discussion "Human Trafficking as a Form of Violence against Girls and Women" together with Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) on 17 March at the UN Headquarters. The Panel was organized as one of the side events of the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Ms. Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Director of Arigatou International New York presented as one of the panelists.

Click here to read full remarks by Ms. Rebeca Rios Kohn

Click here to read a summary about this event on GYV’s website

On November 17th, Arigatou International- Prayer and Action held a discussion with leading child rights experts and religious leaders on the topic of violence against children, to commemorate the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, which coincides with the Universal Children’s Day (November 20). The Forum on Religious Ideals and Leadership, held in New York, brought together varying voices to address the growing issue of violence against children. Click here for more information on the event and here to view additional activities that occurred worldwide.

Last month, for the International Day of Peace, I wrote about how crucial it is that we build a world where every child can grow up free from violence, safe and sound. But war and armed conflict are not the only forms of violence destroying the precious lives of our children. In fact, it can be argued that poverty is even more violent than war. It certainly claims a terrible number of lives, but the survivors suffer greatly, as well. There are an estimated 1 billion children living in poverty today. It’s difficult even to imagine what such numbers mean.

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