Date(s) - 05/05/2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am


Arigatou International is hosting a global webinar next week: “The Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Rights and Well-being – The Role of Religious Communities”

The United Nations secretary-general has reported a global surge in domestic-based violence linked to COVID-19, and calls to helplines in some countries have reportedly doubled. Additionally, spending more time on virtual platforms can leave children vulnerable to online sexual exploitation and grooming, as predators look to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic.

When violence occurs, religious leaders and communities have an important role to play to raise awareness about the impact of violence and protection mechanisms, provide counseling to families, and support women and children victims of violence.

Join to reflect on the role of religious leaders and communities as key influencers of millions of people, and explore concrete examples of faith communities supporting children’s safety and well-being during the pandemic.

Register here



  • Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children

  • Prof. Benyam Dawit Mezmur, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and Deputy Dean University of the Western Cape, South Africa

  • Dr. Vinu Aram, Child Health Practitioner and President of Shanti Ashram, Member of Advisory Group of Arigatou International, Co-Moderator of Religions for Peace and Board member of KAICIID

  • Rabbi Diana S. Gerson, Associate Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR)

  • Rev. Fred Nyabera, Director End Child Poverty, Arigatou International

  • Moderator: Ms. Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Director, Arigatou International – New York