With over 84% of the world’s population identifying with a religion or faith tradition, Prayer and Action for Children recognizes the influence and moral authority that faith and spiritual leaders hold in their communities. Their engagement and voice can promote change in cultural and social attitudes and behavior to improve the situation and status of all children in their communities. Therefore, Prayer and Action views religious leaders as extremely important allies in helping to end violence against children in their communities, with the capacity to also reach those who are most vulnerable, marginalized and neglected.
Prayer and Action for Children promotes interfaith action and advocacy, convenes diverse groups of faith leaders, faith communities, and organizations working for children’s rights and well-being. It encourages multifaith exchanges and capacity building to protect children from violence and ensure their rights. While the World Day is the catalyst for action, Prayer and Action works with GNRC members and other collaborators throughout the year on a wide range of activities that aim to end all violence against children.
Our collaborators include:
The Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to End Violence against Children
The UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (End Violence)
The UN Multi-Faith Advisory Council to the United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (MFAC/IATF)
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Alliance for the Protection of Children
Bahá’í International Community
Children Advocacy Network- CAN Pakistan
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, New York Office
Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC)
Harvard University’s Human Flourishing Program
Inter-American Children’s Institute of the Organization of American States (OAS);
Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities
International Conference of Rabbis
International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB)
KAICIID (The King Abdullah International Centre for Dialogue)
Pastoral da Criança
Religions for Peace International
Sarvoydaya Shramadana Movement
The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN)
The New York Board of Rabbis
The Parliament of the World’s Religions
The United Religions Initiative
World Council of Churches
World Vision International
Prayer and Action for Children promotes the meaningful participation of children by consulting with and engaging them, including through intergenerational dialogue, to ensure their voices and opinions are heard.
Arigatou International is a member of the UN Committee of Religious NGOs (CRNGO); the CSO Forum to End Violence Against Children; and the UN Multi Faith Advisory Council to the United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (MFAC/IATF).