Inter-faith initiative on engagement of young people in support of ending violence against children
- UNICEF and COEPA’s (the inter-religious council of Panama) partnership has brought together diverse denominations in Panama to advocate for ending violence against children. The core of the initiative is to see enhanced cooperation among these groups, supported by UNICEF engagement, and reinforced by increased youth participation and empowerment so that young people are less affected by domestic violence and child abuse.
- Studies show that young people in Panama particularly trust their religious leaders. Outreach within youth groups and at the Youth Assembly has been a primary way to reach adolescents with messages about child rights.
- UNICEF and COEPA have cooperated on Annual Days of Prayer and Action to End Violence Against Children for a decade. More recently the campaign expanded to include outreach through television and radio.