WWSF awards four organizations for innovative
On the occasion of World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse – 19
First Laureate organization (US$ 3000)
International Child Abuse Network Inc - Yes
Coalition member since 2002, Yes ICAN was founded in
1997 to provide services via Internet to individuals subject of abuse
all over the world by offering access to free, current and expert information
as well as a chat forum assuring confidentiality and anonymity. In 2003,
in response to a Yes ICAN request, the Mayor of Los Angeles (James
Hahn) proclaimed 19 November World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse for
its residents. In 2004, Yes ICAN received the Mayor’s proclamation
for the second time, as well as an endorsement from the Governor of California
(Arnold Schwarzenegger) and from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors,
designating 19 November World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse for L.A.
and California. To mark the World Day 2004, Yes ICAN organized several
- 2nd annual art show at the Canoga Park Youth Arts Center. Children
(5-18) participated by submitting original artwork and poetry on the
theme “What can children do?”. The event generated great
discussions between teachers and parents on child abuse prevention.
Encouraged by the success, Yes ICAN hopes to make this an annual event.
- A special place on their website provides information about the
World Day and on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, suggesting
several activities with links for assistance in taking active steps
(over 2000 visitors while on line).
- Disseminated information about the Day to over 700 individuals and
organizations via fliers and e-mail notices challenging each recipient
to forward the message to at least 10 other people. By the end of
the “World Day” in California, Yes ICAN had sent out 2500
Second Laureate organization (US$ 1000)
Asociación Afecto contra el maltrato
infantil - AFECTO, Colombia
Coalition member since 2001, the Association Afecto was
founded in 1986 to stress the need for child abuse issues to be included
in the political agenda and to professionalize care for victims of child
abuse. To mark the World Day 2004, the Association Afecto began
the campaign “Sólo por Hoy” (Just for Today)
whose objective is to sensitize and to transform violent thoughts
into affectionate actions. To prepare for the World Day, activities
included: audio recording of campaign messages for communities of the
Pacific and Atlantic regions; printing cards with campaign messages; informing
the press (newspapers, radio and television), and creating alliances for
the Bogotá 19 November celebration with:
- Senator A. Moreno P.: presenting two legal
projects related to child sexual abuse; organizing a forum in the
Senate of the Republic on child sexual abuse, reported live on national
television and printing campaign messages.
- The Bogotá Police for Minors: spreading
7000 cards to drivers in the main streets of the city.
- The Fundación Disparando Cámaras para
la Paz: disseminating cards to Bogotá bus passengers
on the need of preventing abuse and violence against children.
- The Hospital Universitario Clínica San Rafael:
printing and distributing 5000 commitment cards to patients, visitors
and employees as well as guidelines on non-violent treatment of children.
- The Gimnasio Moderno: mobilizing Bogotá
school directors and promoting the “Sólo por Hoy”
Other local and national organizations marked the Day
with various activities (speeches, readings, plays, cultural activities,
walks, school visits, cards to Mayors and communities, etc). The activities
received wide media coverage and had an impact on local and regional communities
throughout the country. Thanks to the outreach by the Association Afecto,
many Colombian organizations have joined the WWSF international coalition
Two additional awards (US$ 500 each)
Muhammadan Women Welfare Society, Pakistan
To mark the World Day, the Muhammadan Women Welfare
Society first created a special committee consisting of 10 members to
prepare 19 November activities:
- Invitations were sent to a large number of professors, teachers,
lawyers, doctors, psychologists, political and social workers as well
- About 5000 leaflets were distributed and delivered door to door
to the general public.
- 45 large size banners inviting people to mark the Day were placed
in many streets.
- WWSF global posters were posted in the city and on the walls of
the Muhammadan Women Welfare Society.
- Religious centers were visited to raise awareness of the need for
prevention of child abuse.
On 19 November, special activities included:
Awareness walks with children and parents carrying
banners and flags with messages on prevention of child abuse. About
800 people participated.
Speeches by political and social leaders addressing
child rights and child abuse.
Visits of Educational Centers (11) with psychologists,
educational experts and legal advisers delivering lectures and highlighting
the need for prevention of child abuse. About 12’000 persons,
including teachers, students and parents participated.
Cultural activities including drama, music and
debates on prevention of child abuse.
400 people participated. In addition, 500 participants
signed a large banner placed at the Muhammadan Women Welfare Society head
office in support of prevention of child abuse. The Day was publicized
in several local and national newspapers and broadcasted on TV.
Youth Net and Counselling - YONECO, Malawi
To mark the World Day, YONECO, in collaboration with
the government of Malawi (through the Ministry of Gender, Child Welfare
and Community Services), held a national commemoration at Zomba Gymkhana
Grounds on the theme “Stop abusing children - Send them to school”.
- A four-kilometre march led by the Municipal Mayor and his 14 counsellors.
Close to 2000 children and 50 schoolteachers participated, carrying
and displaying anti-child abuse messages and chanting songs.
- Speeches delivered by political authorities and experts.
- A petition read by children for the Malawi government to declare
zero tolerance for child abuse.
- Songs and traditional dances as well as drama performed by children
and theatre groups, depicting child abuse situations.
Impact of the event:
Thirteen media representatives (print and electronic)
attended the commemoration.
The Mayor of the municipality issued a proclamation
against child abuse for the residents of Zomba. He committed himself
and his office to doing everything possible for the success of all
anti-child abuse campaigns.
The government committed itself to protecting and
promoting the rights of the child.