A consultation jointly organized by the Christian Conference of Asia and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Chiang Mai, Thailand has reiterated the need to combat sexual abuse and exploitation of children. About 40 child rights activists and representatives of churches as well as organizations working on the rights and dignity of children from various countries and regions across Asia committed to sensitize churches in Asia to be engaged in child rights advocacy.
The regional consultation was held at the headquarters of the Christian Conference of Asia from 13-16 October.
In his opening address, Christian Conference of Asia general secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara spoke about the continued efforts of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) and the WCC over the years to highlight the need of upholding the dignity of children and protecting their rights.
“CCA and WCC jointly initiated this consultation with the aim to sensitize the member churches and member councils and to also find ways to collaborate with wider bodies operating in the secular framework," said Chunakara. “Another important aim is to identify the role of the church and other faith-based organizations in strengthening collective efforts for advocacy against sexual abuse and exploitation of children.”