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WWSF - 19 Days of Activism for Prevension of Child Abuse

Messages of support

Vicepresident of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child & Director of IDE
Jean Zermatten
" (Excerpt of the opening address at the annual WWSF Geneva conference “Progress in prevention of child abuse” - 19 November 2009).[...]On behalf of Mrs. Yanghee Lee, President of the Committee of the Rights of the Child, I convey to all a very warm welcome and congratulate WWSF for this initiative launched in 2000 in reaction to an unacceptable pedophile statement in the press… I imagine that all of you assembled are involved in a long term perspective and I express the wish that the first 10 years will multiply and that I can come and celebrate the 20anniversary of your campaign in 2020. Long life to your Foundation, I rejoice in its activities…(2009) "
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19 Days of Activism for Prevention: 1-19 November


In 2011, the World Day was extended into the annual campaign "19 Days of Activism for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth 1-19 november". To know more about the 2012 Call to Action campaign, please visit our new website

Global campaign for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth

19 Days of Activism for Prevention of violence and abuse against children

Why 19 Days of activism

After 10 years of campaigning to annually mark the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse – 19 November and building an international coalition of actors and partners, the time has come to expand our outreach by launching the WWSF 19 Days of activism global campaign 1-19 November.

What is the 19-Day campaign

A multi-issue coalition of diverse organizations and partners, including young people, involved in the fight against one or more of the 19 abuse issues listed in the Prevention Kit, working for a social transformation, mobilizing agents for change and informed prevention actors to help create public awareness and support at the national, regional and/or international level.

Aims of the 19-Day campaign

By focusing during 19 days on the prevention of diverse types of abuse and violence against children and youth, the campaign aims to continue to bring to light the alarming problem, its multifaceted aspects, and the need to generate sufficient grass-roots interest and government and public support for better prevention measures.