Celebrating Childhood

A Journey to end Violence Against Children

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A book about what ending violence against children takes, means and brings. It’s a celebration of childhood and a manifesto for a world where children can grow with dignity and free from violence. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Study on Violence against children, this book gathers inspiring testimonies of people whose talent and time are bringing us closer to a world of non-violence for all children. It shows that violence is not an inevitable fate and that positive change is happening. By focusing on concrete and diverse examples of how personal commitment can transform the world, we aim to unleash the same potential in many other people, inviting and inspiring them to get engaged, to use their time and talent and actively contribute to achieve zero violence against children by 2030.



Building on achievements, continuing the fight for children

Twenty years ago, denouncing the massive violations of the rights of children affected by armed conflict, Graça Machel wrote: “There are few further depths to which humanity can sink”. In 2006, the UN Study on Violence against Children started completing the most appalling of catalogues: the catalogue of evils and wrongs, of suffering and trauma, of abysmal gaps, missed opportunities and enormous challenges. Going through this catalogue is an eye-opening and heart breaking exercise.


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