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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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Building bridges through music to end violence against children

When I think of my childhood, there is one particular moment that I frequently revisit – the two-and-a-half-year-old me in front of the TV, watching the episode “Cat Concerto” from the cartoon series “Tom and Jerry”. In the cartoon, Tom plays Franz Liszt’s masterpiece Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, while Jerry attempts a number of different ways to disrupt his performance. It was incredibly fun and the music really got me hooked! After seeing Tom play, I felt so “inspired” and started to imitate him on my little piano, a present that I had just received from my parents. This was the day when my music talent was first discovered, and so began my life-long journey as a pianist.

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