WWSF awards four organizations
on the occasion of
World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse – 19 November 2004
First Laureate 2004 (US$ 3000)
Women Action Coalition Child Abuse - WACCA,
Women Action Coalition Child Abuse WACCA, whose mission
is to uphold and promote the rights of the child by establishing and developing
prevention strategies (through advocacy, training, counseling services,
discussions, seminars and media discussions) was created in 2002 by the
Women Action Committee WAC in response to the launch of the World
Day for Prevention of Child Abuse – 19 November. The need
to establish an international link with WWSF Women’s World Summit
Foundation as a strategy for preventing child abuse in Nigeria emerged
after a collaboration workshop with Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Awka, Anambra
State - Nigeria), the Ministry of Education and the State Primary Education
Board SPEB. The initiative led to the creation of an international
coalition with SPEB, known as WACCA.
WACCA first joined the WWSF international coalition marking
the World Day in 2002. Its activities have resulted in the establishment
of twenty-four counseling clinics and rehabilitation centers
and in the creation of programs to address child abuse in primary
schools (guidance- and counseling modules). A module for the
teachers and a guide to prevent child abuse in the family
were also launched by WACCA.
In 2003, WACCA organized a one-day event with experts
and personalities addressing child abuse, progress made in preventing
abuse, guidance- and counseling services and law enforcement. Other activities
included drama, music and debate competitions on preventing child
abuse (the six best debaters were selected for State presentation
and were given scholarships), as well as a march with
children from primary schools carrying placards and banners with messages
on prevention of child abuse.
Thanks to WACCA, the government of Anambra State
endorsed the celebration of the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse
– 19 November as an annual event. Institutionalized in all Primary
schools of Anambra State, the Day’s main objective is to ensure
that parents, teachers and the society at large join hands to prevent
picture of Women Action Coalition Child Abuse - WACCA
Second Laureate 2004 (US$ 1000)
Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human
Rights - PCSW & HR
Established in 1992 and working for Human rights, Minority
rights, Child rights, equality, social justice and durable peace, the
Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human Rights joined the WWSF
international coalition for the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse
– 19 November for the first time in 2003. On that occasion PCSW
& HR organized remarkable activities throughout Pakistan.
After convening meetings with the Education Department
and various district authorities to inform them about the observance of
the World Day in the country, instructions were issued to Heads of colleges,
secondary-, elementary-, primary- and technical schools, inviting them
to organize special activities to mark the Day. Thus, on 19 November,
teachers held special sessions in about 1890 educational institutions
and thousands of parents participated.
Observed throughout the whole country, the World Day
provided information on the rights of the child and stressed the need
for protection and prevention of child abuse.
Many awareness walks for prevention of child abuse were
organized at various locations in collaboration with Union Councils. Thousands
of parents, students, teachers, lawyers, etc. participated and carried
banners. The walks were followed by Public gatherings
and many personalities addressed the issue of prevention of child abuse.
Special ceremonies were also organized in collaboration
with the Sialkot Cathedral School (with many personalities,
hundreds of students, teachers, vendors, factory owners, etc. attending)
and at the Union Council level where about 100
Union Councils organized ceremonies with thousands of people
All national newspapers published articles
on child rights and prevention of child abuse and highlighted activities
organized by PCSW & HR.
As a result of the World Day, it was decided that child
rights protection committees would be formed at every Union Council and
that strategies would be developed to protect child rights and
prevent child abuse at every level.
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Two additional awards (US$ 500 each)
Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse
of East Asia, STA - CPCA, China
CPCA, an organization which has been actively involved
in prevention of child abuse and neglect and the promotion and protection
of child’s rights since 1998, has organized for the third year remarkable
community- and professional education activities on the World Day for
Prevention of Child Abuse:
- Films on prevention of abuse were shown in the streets of Xi’an
and in the Shaanxi Provincial Hospital. Over 1000 copies of prevention
materials and newsletters on the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Three large banners with messages on prevention of child abuse (in
Chinese and English) were displayed. Over 300 people signed the banners
- A ceremony was organized in an international school and experts
addressed the issue of prevention of child abuse. More than 800 students,
teachers and social workers signed pledges of support
- A workshop on prevention and children’s psychological problems
was organized with 230 participants attending.
The activities were reported on regional TV,
as well as in the national, regional and Xi’an media.
CPCA also convened a Conference on Child’s Rights
and Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (3-5 November in Xi’an).
More than 180 representatives form China, Germany, Turkey, Vietnam, France
and New Zealand participated. Presentations focused on strategies to prevent
child physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
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East Asia, STA - CPCA
Vienna Network for Prevention of Sexual Abuse
against Girls, Boys and Youth, Austria
Since the launch by WWSF Women’s World Summit Foundation
of the global awareness Day for Prevention of Child Abuse in the year
2000, the Vienna Network for Prevention of Sexual Abuse against Girls,
Boys and Youth participated in 2003 for the third time in the yearly campaign.
In cooperation with over 20 partner associations,
the Vienna Network organized a one-day conference (300 people attended:
social workers, therapists, school teachers, police personnel, criminal
agents, etc.) and 10 workshops:
- Prevention in the very first years of life
- Abuse dynamic in sexual violence against children and youth
- All can happen, avoiding secondary damages
- Sexual abuse - Ì have a suspicion – What can I do?
- How to deal with damaged intimacy?
- Decisions for prevention – abuse suspicion
- Weakness and workability – concern and distance
- Language - part of the work with youth sexual abusers
- Violence prevention in caring and assisting young women, girls and
men with disabilities
- The language as a tool for violence (German and most other languages
in the world are male languages).
Austrian TV: ORF – ZIB 2 presented the
World Day for prevention of child abuse on 19 November during prime time
evening news, followed by an interview with the well-known Paediatrician
and Manager of the psychiatric children’s section of the AKH (Main
Hospital in Vienna).
On 19 November 2004, the Vienna Network, in collaboration
with other groups (i.e. associations of mothers and women, school teachers,
etc.) is organizing a one-day benefit- and information event
in Klosterneuburg, near Vienna. There, they will be lecturing on the importance
of prevention of sexual child abuse and organize a “Reading”,
together with teachers and pupils in a public hall. On that occasion,
the WWSF Prize for Prevention of Child Abuse will be presented by Ilse Moser, German Coordinator