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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.

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It’s high time to end all violent punishment of children

Corporal punishment of children is the most common form of violence which children suffer in societies worldwide. It violates a child’s physical, emotional and spiritual integrity and it puts at risk a child’s right to health, education and development. The imperative for prohibiting and eliminating it is children’s right to respect for their human dignity and physical integrity and to equal protection under the law. States cannot design effective national child protection systems or say they hold children in high esteem while their laws still justify violent punishment of children.

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