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.




Years ago, while visiting Brazil, I met a young boy. He was anxious to show me something and beckoned to me. At the side of the street, he pointed to a large brown box – the kind that could have been wrapped as a birthday present concealing a child’s rocking horse. Except this brown box wasn’t a present; it was this boy’s home. He was living on the street and alone. Later that evening, as I boarded my flight home, there was a severe tropical storm. As the wind howled and the rain fell, the only thing I could think about was this boy and his cardboard box home. What was he doing now?


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