Welcome to our Resources!
Here you can find a series of resources specific to youth and religious leaders, as well as other useful tools about child rights and how to address the issue of violence against children.
Resources for Youth
Children and young people are a major part of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. The following resources are provided especially to help youth and children plan and organize World Day events. Join the global movement for children with your friends!
What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)?
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international treaty that recognizes the human rights of children. In this treaty, children are defined as persons up to 18 years of age. It establishes in international law that States Parties must ensure that all children—without discrimination in any form—benefit from special protection measures and assistance; have access to services such as education and health care; can develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential; grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding; and are informed about and participate in achieving their rights in an accessible and active manner. (UNICEF)
Resources for Religious Leaders
The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children provides a series of Spiritual and Religious Resources from various faith traditions. Please click on to one of the headings below to learn what we can offer to enrich your World Day of Prayer and Action for Children celebration on 20 November (or year round).
If you would like contribute to one of these sections based on your own reflections please contact us.
Short Theological Presentation
Reflection of world religious tradition in relation to violence against children.
Prayers, Devotions, Litanies, Liturgies and Invocations
Contribute to a religious or interreligious celebration of the Day of Prayer and Action.
See how the Day of Prayer and Action is celebrated around the world.
Working together, governments, secular and faith-based organizations can have a greater impact than organizations working alone, to stop violence against children.
Advocacy on Violence Against Children
Quotations on Children
Learn what leaders from different traditions have to say about children.
“This Sunday, 20 November 2011, is the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. This day has been promoted by UNICEF, Religions for Peace, Save the Children and other agencies to focus the world’s attention on the well-being of our children. In every faith community, our children are the treasure that we value beyond price. A child born into health and safety is a sign of hope in our common life. In children we recognise the preciousness and dignity of the human being as well as a vulnerability which calls for our care and protection.
The theme for this year is ‘stop violence against children’. Violence against children will take many forms in different contexts – all demanding our action and prayer. After visiting Eastern Congo earlier this year, I particularly hold in my prayers those children who are affected by armed conflict. I met children who had suffered unimaginable horror, attacked, abducted, forced into brutalizing ways of life – and yet, amidst the anguish, I also encountered precious flames of hope, where local churches and communities strove to protect and restore the lives of their children. I had the privilege of meeting a group of young people who are now involved in a peace initiative. They had been taken into the militia as children and forced to perpetrate terrible acts, and yet the Church continued to reach out to them and call them back. Many said to me: “The Church never gave up on us.” I know that UNICEF has supported faith communities doing similar work to rehabilitate child soldiers in other countries.
In Eastern Congo I also witnessed the work of faith communities helping children who had been subjected to sexual violence. I heard of churches and their communities which had repeatedly rebuilt their schools, destroyed in conflict. They said that their children and their children’s future were far too precious not to act, and act again.
I urge us all, in churches and other faith communities all around the world, to unite in this World Day of Prayer and Action for the protection and flourishing of our children.”—The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams
Source: Anglican News
“The Supreme God, through the Divine Guru, protects and preserves God’s children.” –Siri Guru Granth Sahib, p. 819
“God cherishes all children, and reaches out with God’s hand.” –Siri Guru Granth Sahib, p. 957
On World Children’s Day 2007, Grand Ayatollah Abdul-karim Mousavi Ardebili spoke about violence against children: “When it comes to the problem [of violence against children] silence or denial will only worsen the situation. We need to admit to the bitter reality that violence against children does exist in houses, families, institutions and societies around the world. All means including the lofty instructions of God and the spiritual influence of religious leaders should be tapped in order to change the situation and eliminate violent behaviour against children.” –Grand Ayatollah Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili, ‘A Message for World Children’s Day Iran’, 2007
“Nothing a parent may award his (or her) child is better than a good upbringing.” –Al-Tirmidhi, Kitab al-Birr wa al-Silah 4.338, Hadith 1952
“May Allah have mercy on a parent who helps his child be grateful and kind to him.” –Ibn Abu Shaybah, Al-Musannaf, Kitab al-Adab, 6/101
“It is a grave sin for one to neglect a person whom he is responsible for sustaining.” –Abu Dawud, Kitab al-Zakat, 2/136, Hadith 1692
“He is not one of us who shows no mercy to our young.” –Al-Tirmidhi, Kitab al-birr 4/322, Hadith 1921
“Fear Allah and be fair to your children.”—Muslim, Sahih, Kitab al-Hibat 3/1242-1243)
“If one person is able to save another and does not save him, he transgresses the commandment, ‘Neither shall you stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.’ (Leviticus 19:16) Similarly, if one person sees another drowning in the sea, or being attacked by bandits, or being attacked by wild animals, and, although able to rescue him either alone or by hiring others, does not rescue him; or if one hears heathens or informers plotting evil against another or laying a trap for him and does not call it to the other’s attention and let him know; or if one knows that a heathen or violent person is going to attack another and although able to appease him on behalf of the other and make him change his mind, he does not do so; or if one acts in any similar way — he transgresses in each case the injunction “Neither shall you stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.” –Maimonides’ Code, “Laws Concerning Murder and the Preservation of Life,” Chapter 1, Sections 14 and 16
Resources to help stop violence against children.