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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. 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.

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Churches can do more to protect children

Taking a major step towards church involvement in children’s wellbeing, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has recently published “Churches’ Commitments to Children”, an open invitation to WCC member churches and partners to address the needs of children as an integral part of the ecumenical commitment to the pilgrimage of justice and peace.

WCC general secretary joins board of Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

WCC general secretary joins board of Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has accepted an invitation from the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children to serve on the organization’s board of directors.

Honest talk blossoms between youth, theologians in Cote d’Ivoire

Honest talk blossoms between youth, theologians in Cote d’Ivoire

Religious leaders must break their silence with regard to young people and sexual reproductive health, agreed young people and theologians gathered in Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) from 6-7 September.

Faith groups must act for children to “Super Fast Track” out of HIV, say experts

Faith groups must act for children to “Super Fast Track” out of HIV, say experts

To help the world’s children become HIV-free, faith groups must help bring UN goals to life through strong advocacy, rapid action and unprecedented collaboration, say experts. Children must be helped onto a “Super Fast Track” to end AIDS or they will die at what Dr Stuart Kean describes as a “shocking” rate.

Plenary on children took place at WCC Central Committee meeting

Plenary on children took place at WCC Central Committee meeting

A plenary discussion on support by religious communities for the rights of children, and a first draft of the statement of “principles for child-friendly churches,” captured the imagination of the Central Committee of the WCC on 27 June. The document will now undergo further revision and be resubmitted at the next WCC executive committee meeting.

God’s forgotten children

God’s forgotten children

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Faith community issues call to action: end AIDS by 2030

Faith community issues call to action: end AIDS by 2030

At an interfaith prayer service on 7 June, people from diverse faith communities issued a call to action to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The call focuses on reducing stigma and discrimination; increasing access to HIV services; defending human rights; and ensuring testing and treatment for all, including children.

Women and children as refugees under spotlight at CEC summer school

Women and children figure prominently as refugees in mass movements of people in recent months and their rights will be at the forefront of a summer school organized in Greece by the Conference of European Churches.

 WCC-UNICEF partnership shares two child-friendly versions of the Draft ”Principles for Child-Friendly Churches”

WCC-UNICEF partnership shares two child-friendly versions of the Draft ”Principles for Child-Friendly Churches”

The Draft "Principles for Child-Friendly Churches" are now available in two child-friendly versions. One explains the principles to children under ten years of age, while the other explains it to children over ten years of age. Both versions are available for download.

WCC-UNICEF partnership shares guide to consult children on child-friendly churches

WCC-UNICEF partnership shares guide to consult children on child-friendly churches

In line with the WCC-UNICEF partnership and the commitment to support children through churches, a guide for consultations with children and adolescents is now available for downloading - in view to provide feedback by 2 May.