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WCC’s engagement for children

The World Council of Churches is working to improve children's well-being through a variety of projects at local, national and global levels.
WCC’s engagement for children

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

 

The World Council of Churches advocates for children's well-being through a variety of projects at local, national and global levels. Being present – and often the gathering point – in rural and urban communities, churches have a unique position to influence society at all levels, from parents and school teachers to decision makers in public and private sectors.

How can churches use their influence to improve children’s lives?

Download the ”Churches’ Commitments to Children”

Resources and tools overview

List of contributors

”Churches’ Commitments to Children” POSTER (A3, pdf)

The ”Churches’ Commitments to Children” support engagement of churches in 3 areas: Child Protection, Child Participation and Climate Justice initiatives with Children. The development and implementation of “Churches’ Commitments to Children” is supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) through a global WCC-UNICEF partnership, with a focus on ending violence against children and climate justice.


NEW:
The map to facilitate networking and collaboration among churches and partners in the implementation of the Churches' Commitments to Children.

HOW TO JOIN THE PLATFORM

 

The ”Churches’ Commitments to Children” document is a result of a broad consultative process among member churches and partners about the question “How can churches use their influence to improve children’s lives”? The process was initiated by the Commission of Churches on International Affairs and included theologians, child rights experts and children themselves. “Churches’ Commitments to Children” is an open invitation and living resource for the ecumenical commitment to child wellbeing.

If you would like to learn more about the Commitments and join efforts to improve child-wellbeing through churches, please contact the WCC special advisor on children’s rights. Please do let us know if you would like to share your experience or tools with other churches. Resources already available to support churches’ efforts for child wellbeing are presented in the following overview.


Funding opportunity

Churches motivated to ending violence against children may be interested in the following funding opportunity.

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, a World Council of Churches partner, works through the “INSPIRE strategy” for joint efforts to end violence against children. The INSPIRE Working Group, an informal network of some 100 agencies committed to implementing INSPIRE-related programmes, is launching a call for proposals to support INSPIRE awareness-raising and engagement activities in low- and middle-income countries. Funding is made possible by the New Venture Fund and Ignite Philanthropy: Inspiring the End to Violence Against Girls and Boys.

 

=> Live the Promise Campaign page on CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND HIV

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