19 Days of Activism for Prevention: 1-19 November
Global campaign for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth
Why 19 Days of activism
After 10 years of campaigning to annually mark the World Day for
Prevention of Child Abuse – 19 November and building an international
coalition of actors and partners, the time has come to expand our
outreach by launching the WWSF 19 Days of activism global campaign 1-19
What is the 19-Day campaign
A multi-issue coalition of diverse organizations and partners,
including young people, involved in the fight against one or more of the
19 abuse issues listed in the Prevention Kit, working for a social
transformation, mobilizing agents for change and informed prevention
actors to help create public awareness and support at the national,
regional and/or international level.
Aims of the 19-Day campaign
By focusing during 19 days on the prevention of diverse types of
abuse and violence against children and youth, the campaign aims to
continue to bring to light the alarming problem, its multifaceted
aspects, and the need to generate sufficient grass-roots interest and
government and public support for better prevention measures.
19 November-World Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children
Together, let us create a culture of prevention
Child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is
a universal and alarming problem and increased attention and
efficient protection skills and prevention measures are
necessary at family-, local-, national- and international
After a long tradition of silence,
sexual child abuse is being more and more denounced and
becoming a public and political topic.
Alerting Governments and civil society
organizations to play a more active role in the promotion of
and respect for the rights of the child (article 19 and 34* of
the Convention on the Rights of the Child), and contribute to the prevention of child abuse, WWSF launched in 2000 the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, a Day to be commemorated every 19 November
in synergy with the anniversary of the International Day for the rights
of the child (20 November), which has as its objective to be a
rallying point around the issue of child abuse and the need
for urgent effective prevention programs.
To make the Day a global call for action, WWSF launched in 2001 an international NGO coalition that marks the World Day with relevant events and activities to focus on and increase prevention education.
* Art. 19
- States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative,
administrative, social and educational measures to protect the
child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or
abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation,
including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal
guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.
* ART. 34
- States Parties undertake to protect the child from all forms
of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. For these purposes,
States Parties shall in particular take all appropriate
national, bilateral and multilateral measures to prevent:
(a) the inducement or coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual activity;
(b) the exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices;
(c) the exploitative use of children in pornographic performances and materials.
Why a NGO Coalition to mark World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse?
The main purpose of the NGO coalition is to contribute to the creation
of a culture of prevention of abuse and violence against children.
This global alliance works to raise awareness, mobilise public opinion
and action, and disseminates prevention programs.
To join the coalition, members commit to
mark the Day with local and national events and activities;
mention the Day in their publications and on their web sites;
distribute posters, educational programs and information;
create partnerships with local organisations working for the
promotion and protection of the rights of the child, alert the
press and radio stations, inform local authorities of the existence of
the Day and planned activities, and lobby governments for
official proclamation of the Day as a National Day.Information from Women's World Summit Foundation: http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=children_19nov&hl=en_US