Voices of Religious Actors

As 84% of the world’s population has a religious affiliation, religious communities play a decisive role in the promotion and protection of children’s rights, and there is great potential for collaboration with other partners. They are key allies in addressing some of the most pressing issues that affect children today.

Religious leaders and faith-based organizations are in a unique position to champion children’s rights, asserting their moral authority to make a difference in children’s lives. They command extraordinary influence and often serve as role models of compassion, solidarity and justice. They help to bridge differences, foster dialogue, and influence positive social and behavioral change. They are also uniquely positioned to help communities address social norms that are detrimental to children’s development and respect for their human dignity.

Questions and Answers

  1. How can the tenets of your religion help fostering children’s well-being and contribute to end violence against children?
  1. What is the relevance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child for religious communities?
  1. On the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child what are the main challenges children still face in your communities? How can they be overcome?

QUESTION 1:

How can the tenets of your religion help fostering children's well-being and contribute to end violence against children?

ANSWER

Dr. Anantanand Rambachan

Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College, Minnesota

Sheikh Ibrahim Lethome

Chair of the BRAVE Reference Committee, and Legal Adviser to the Supreme Court of Kenya

Dr. Brinder Singh Mahon Obe

Chief Executive of Nishkam Schools Trust

QUESTION 2:

What is the relevance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child for religious communities?

ANSWER

Rabbi Diana Gerson

Associate Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis

Ms. Bani Dugal

Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.

QUESTION 3:

On the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child what are the main challenges children still face in your communities? How can they be overcome?

ANSWER

Archbishop Dr. Felix Machado

Archbishop-Bishop of the diocese of Vasai, India and Chairperson for Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences; and President of the Western Region Bishops’ Council

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