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.




I had a very happy childhood and grew up in a very caring family. My father was a writer and judge for children, my mother a teacher. Respect, solidarity and fairness were some of the values nurtured at home. I was never short of creativity and curiosity either and was always encouraged to stand by my beliefs and follow my inspiration. I was indeed an empowered child. Reaching out to less fortunate children was never an act of kindness. It just felt natural.


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