Today, 20th of November 2019, marks the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Sarvodaya Movement has been active in the promotion of well-being and rights of children since its humble beginnings in the late 1950s. While working at the grassroots promoting psycho-social and physical well-being, Sarvodaya has been active conducting policy advocacy to promote child rights and protection.
It is with great pleasure that we have partnered with the Arigatou International and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) which is a global-scale interfaith network of organizations and individuals specifically dedicated to securing the rights and well-being of children everywhere (www.gnrc.net).
To mark the 30th Anniversary of CRC, Arigatou International has developed a Multi-religious Study, in close collaboration with UNICEF, the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and with the support of partners, KAICIID and World Vision International.
The official launching of this study – “Faith and Children’s Rights: A multi-religious study on the Convention on the Rights of the Child” will take place today, Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 11:00 to 13:00, at the Palais des Nations – Room XVI.
The development of the Study brought together experts on children’s rights and religious scholars and leaders to reflect and review the CRC and its implementations by religious communities since its adoption thirty years ago. Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, President of the Sarvodaya Movement, served as a member in the Advisory Group directing the study authors.
This study examines the Convention on the Rights of the Child from the perspective of seven major religions, identifies the important role played by religious communities in advancing the rights and well-being of children over the past 30 years, seeks to identify the common values shared among different religions and the CRC and promotes continued action by religious communities to further implement the CRC in the future.
The launch of the study seeks to further dialogue between religious communities, child rights practitioners and governments, and explore multi-stakeholder collaborations.