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Open Letter to coalition members and partners
(non-governmental and governmental)
Dear members and partners,
The World Day is a process for the emergence of a culture
of prevention and for the promotion of responsibility, dignity and respect
for the rights of the child. It is our mission to Expand the process by
reaching out to as many governmental and non-governmental organisations
and institutions, educators, experts and professionals as possible to
rally a collective stand for zero tolerance for child abuse and violence.
You are key in creating this emerging culture with annual activities around
We wish to acknowledge all those among you who marked
the Day last year (500 organisations in more than 90 countries) and thank
you for sending us hundreds of reports of workshops, demonstrations, theatre
plays, programs in schools, churches and on television and Internet, video
clips, press releases and action alerts, all focusing on either physical,
sexual and/or emotional abuse. You kept the issue on the front burner
and identified your organization and local partners as powerful agents
for change. A global impact report is featured on Internet. WWSF also
thanks the many experts who presented their programs at the Geneva Round
Table: “Progress in preventing child abuse - annual review II (www.woman.ch/children/1-coalitionimpact.asp).
Call to Action
Invite your Mayor to proclaim 19 November Day for
Prevention of Child Abuse for his/her town.
We encourage you to mark the Day with continued
pertinent activities and invite your Mayor to proclaim the Day,
following the example of the Mayor of Los Angeles (USA) who, invited
by the International Child Abuse Network (YES, ICAN –USA),
issued a proclamation for the residents of L.A. A clear and repeated
message from your authorities about their stand for the right to
dignity will reinforce your local presence and programs. WWSF will
post all the Mayors’ proclamations on Internet.
WWSF Prize Betty Makoni, awarding innovative prevention
As announced last year, WWSF will select from
the 2003 coalition reports innovative activities for the awards.
Prize winners will be announced early November and an award ceremony
will be organized on 19 November in Geneva at the Palais Wilson,
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Betty Makoni, a
committed child rights advocate in Zimbabwe and victim of abuse
herself, created the Girl Child Network that accompanies 20’000
abused girls country-wide. Naming the Prize after her, honors her
exceptional leadership in abuse prevention.
Reminder of objectives
- Sensitize all citizens as well as national and international
actors on the need for more effective prevention measures.
- Develop national coalitions and increase exchange
of existing programs and participation in the formulation of new programs.
- Reinforce collaboration with your Government, local
political and religious leaders, your Mayor and social institutions.
- Inform the media about the Day and invite them to
report on your activities and events.
- Participate in creating ‘a World fit for Children’
and remind your Head of State of the promises made at the UN General
Assembly Special Session on Children via the WWSF “Walk your Talk”
Identify organizations and groups that will mark
the Day in collaboration with you.
Invite children and young people to participate
in your activities and become real actors of the Day.
Send a brief report about your local and/or national
activities and events organized on 19 November.
Share information about violations of concern to
their mandates with the
– UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution
and Child Pornography (http://www.unhchr.ch/children/rapporteur.htm)
– Independent Expert on the UN Study on Violence against Children
“Observance of the World Day for the prevention
of child abuse is critical to ensuring that we address the problem
of child abuse, but it also highlights that violence against children
is a global issue.”
Paulo Sergio Pinheiro,
Independent Expert on the UN Study on Violence against Children .
Dear coalition members and partners,
We honor our relationship and collaboration
and wish you a most successful World Day event. We look forward to receiving
your activity report 2004 for which we thank you in advance.
Global co-ordinator World Day for prevention of child abuse – 19
The term child abuse includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse as
well as exploitation of a child.
Use of logo
Reproduction of the 19 November logo for information
sharing is permitted provided that the source of the global convener is
mentioned (without any modification). Reproduction of the 19 November
logo for fundraising purposes requires written permission from WWSF. WWSF
declines all responsibility for legal, financial, administrative or moral
liabilities which may result from events organized by coalition members
on the World Day.
Sponsors of the World Day 2004
WWSF thanks the Liechtenstein Development Service LDS,
Département Fédéral de l’Intérieur -
Suisse, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR and Vivre
Autrement for their financial support towards the world campaign.