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.

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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 

ChildFund Alliance

Children Advocacy Network- CAN Pakistan

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, New York Office 

ECPAT International 

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 

Ramakrisha Mission 

Religions for Peace International 

Sarvoydaya Shramadana Movement

Shanti Ashram

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).  

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