The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, The Honorable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, endorsed the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children yesterday.
Statement On the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children
by The Honorable Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
10 November 2011
It is my pleasure to announce that I am supporting a new global initiative, The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.
Initiated by the Arigatou International, UNICEF, and other partners in 2008, the World Day connects religious and secular organizations in a common effort to stop violence against children.
The protection of children from violence is a fundamental human right. The international community has undertaken to protect this right for all children, everywhere and at all times. Measures to eliminate and address violence against children features high on the policy agenda. Across the Americas, countries are working together to take effective action to combat this scourge, and the Caribbean is no exception. Trinidad and Tobago supports this process and looks forward to working with key stakeholders – governments, civil society, religious communities and the private sector – to forge closer cooperation among countries in the region. Together, we can make violence against children a thing of the past!
Here are three things you can do on the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.
- Organize an event. Include your own faith community, members of other religious traditions and organizations committed to children’s welfare. Invite them to come together for prayer and to partner for one concrete action to help children and families in your community.
- Find an event in your local area. Connect with other World Day supporters on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
- Raise awareness of the rights and dignity of each child, and the personal and social consequences of violence against children. Post events on your own website. Invite partners, friends and members of your house of worship to join you.
Let us unite in this effort for love and well-being of our children.