World Day 2011 in the News

World Day activities and events for 2011 were reported by many websites and news sources.  Here are some examples. 


South Sudan: Unicef and Religious Leaders Highlight Child Rights

Juba — UNICEF and religious leaders drawn from across South Sudan have called for special attention to ensure the protection of children against all forms of violence.

Today is the International Day for prayer and action for children and also the 22nd Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which is being commemorated for the first time in the Republic of South Sudan which gained independence on July 9, 2011…

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Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

TABAQUITE MP Surujrattan Rambachan yesterday marked the occasion of Universal Children’s Day and the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children by hosting a medical camp for children at the Gasparillo Health Centre.

The event was coordinated by Dr Rai Ragbir and supported by a contingent of private doctors and their colleagues as well as nurses from the South West Regional Health Authority.

Yesterday’s medical camp was the 13th such event hosted by Rambachan, who is also Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister of Communications. The last medical camp was a dental clinic for children in Brasso Venado…

Read more on the Trinidad Tobago Newsday.

Times of Swaziland

MATSAPHA – The Deputy Prime Minister has declared war against perpetrators of violence against children.

Speaking through Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Winnie Magagula, the DPM said government is committed to eradicating all forms of violence against children.

This was during the commemoration of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, which was the second event for Swaziland held at Esibayeni Lodge yesterday.

“We would like to issue a warning against all perpetrators of violence and we are on a drive to clean all the country’s schools, churches and homes to fight this type of violence,” said Themba Masuku…

Read more on the Times of Swaziland website.


Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online

Gopeesingh: Take a stand for children

Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh has issued a stirring appeal for all citizens to make a special effort towards ensuring that children are not abused and are treated in accordance with their constitutional rights. In his message for the United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day, which is celebrated annually on November 20, the minister also notes that this year, it is dually commemorating World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, with the focal theme being the Prevention of Violence Against Children. Gopeesingh said: “I cannot stress enough the significance of this day to Trinidad and Tobago—as it comes at a time in our nation’s history when many of our children seem especially vulnerable to crime, violence and general social neglect.

“I therefore call on our citizens to use Sunday November 20 to reflect on the very crucial need for us all to ensure that our children truly benefit from their guaranteed constitutional and human rights of safety, protection, respect, care and love.” Pointing out that his ministry and Government has implemented many polices geared at enhancing the rights and welfare of the nation’s children, the minister said this could never be enough…

Read more on the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online


Day of Prayer and Action for Children

URI members in Buenos Aires, Argentina are celebrating the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children on November 19th with a festival for at-risk youth on the city’s periphery, including interfaith prayer, workshops, entertainment and special guest Nobel Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel. A multi-organization partnership through the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), the event caps a year’s-worth of monthly workshops to teach these young people about peace. It is one of hundreds of events being held around the globe, including several by URI Cooperation Circles.

The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, also Universal Children’s Day, was started by GNRC’s founder Arigatou International in 2009. Officially observed on the 20thof November, its mission is to “mobilize people from diverse religious traditions to improve children’s lives through prayer and practical acts of service.” November 20th is also the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Read more on the URI website.

SOS Children’s Villages Canada

Universal Children’s Day: Fighting Violence against Children

19/11/2011 – Tomorrow is the 22nd annual Universal Children’s Day. This year, protecting the rights of the child by fighting violence against youngsters everywhere is the day of observance’s prominent theme.

Tomorrow is Universal Children’s Day. November twentieth marks the 22nd anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has joined up with the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children to launch a new project protecting children from violence. The three-year campaign will operate in more than 30 countries.

The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is a movement promoting the role religious communities in child protection, including such measures as birth registration, positive parenting and action against child marriage…

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