Webinar: Child Protection in Hard-to-Measure Contexts (January 30th, 2015)

 “Engaging Most Vulnerable Children in Community-Based Child Protection Systems Strengthening: the Experience of World Vision in Hard-to-Measure Contexts”

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On January 30, 2015 at 10:30 am EST, the CPC Learning Network and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) will co-host a webinar. Dr. Philip Cook, director of the IICRD, and CPC faculty affiliate Dr. Mike Wessells, Mailman School of Public Health, will share findings from their research to establish the extent to which World Vision UK’s Child Protection program includes and impacts the most vulnerable children in Cambodia, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and discuss implications for child protection programming with hard to reach children. You can read the full report here 

Friday, January 30, 2015
10.30 New York / 15.30 UK / 16.30 South Africa and Geneva / 17.30 Kenya / 20.00 Sri Lanka

Urgent Need To Scale Up Violence Prevention


One in four children has been physically abused, one in five girls has been sexually abused and one in three women has been a victim of physical violence at some point in her lifetime. These statistics are according to the first report of its kind on violence prevention, The Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014, jointly published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The survey is the first survey of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and elder abuse at home, school and communities.

UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “Laws protecting citizens against violent crime send a clear message to society about what is acceptable.”

“With this ‘Global status report on violence prevention 2014’, we have a useful tool for identifying the gaps in legislation and enforcement in countries, which can help to indicate what further action is needed to ensure reductions in violent crime,” he said.

The report drew attention to the need for care and support to victims of violence for reducing psychological trauma, helping victims heal, and preventing further involvement in violence.

Check out the report by clicking on the link in the first paragraph, or here:


Dec 9th, 2014- Celebration of the Day of the Dignity of the Working Children and Youth

On this day December 9, 1996, representatives of the movements of Children and Adolescents in Africa, Asia and Latin America met for the first time in the city of Kundapur, India to exchange experiences and proposals to enforce their rights. Ten years later, in October 2006 on the occasion of the Third World Meeting of Working Children and Youth in the city of Siena, Italy, they decided to take the 9 December of each year as a day to remember and reaffirm the struggle of millions of Children and young workers worldwide.

Learn more about MOLACNATS and the Movement of Working Children here.

The Role of Education in Building a Just and Inclusive Society for Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians – A Celebration of International Human Rights Day (December 9, 2014)

Equitas is delighted to invite you to a Gala Cocktail with the Right Honourable Paul Martin and the Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci as we recognize International Human Rights Day by learning how we can build bridges and greater understanding between Indigenous and other Canadians.

The Right Honourable Paul Martin will discuss his work promoting Aboriginal education and the new Canadians for a New Partnership initiative.  Launched in August, Canadians for a New Partnership brings together distinguished Canadians from diverse backgrounds to open space for a new dialogue about the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada. It is built on the principle that Indigenous and other Canadians can together build a strong economy and values-based society that will benefit present and future generations.

Mr. Martin will be introduced by the Hon. Frank Iacobucci, former Supreme Court Justice and Equitas Honourary Board Member.

Individual: $125
Corporate: $175
A partial tax receipt will be issued.


OR call Ronit Yarosky at 514-954-0382 ext 241 or ryarosky@equitas.org

All tickets must be purchased in advance by Friday, December 5, 2014. Please note that we are unable to accept payment at the door. All tickets must be purchased and paid for by December 5. We thank you for your understanding.

This is event is generously hosted by TD Bank Group

DFTAD Announces Support to Help End Violence Against Children in Honour of Universal Children’s Day

In honour of Universal Children’s Day and the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced today, funding to help end violence against children. This announcement was made during a joint school event with the International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC).

Read more about the announcement and the event here:


Celebrating The 25th Anniversary of the Convention On The Rights Of The Child on Universal Children’s Day



Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified international human rights instrument to date. Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, it represents a major shift in how children were viewed. For the first time, children were seen as innate rights holders, as universal citizens with a unique set of rights: rights to education, to leisure, to participate in society, to health, to protection.

To commemorate Universal Children’s Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The International Child Protection Network of Canada has organized an event with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to bring forth solutions to barriers to education. Taking place today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie will host a moderated panel with Child Protection experts and Youth participants, entitled Removing Barriers and Promoting Protection in and Around School.

Follow the discussion on twitter: @DFATD_DEV, @ICPNCan, #CRC25, #AccessibleEducation

Equitas Annual Gala Cocktail

You are invited to Equitas Annual Gala Cocktail on the 54th floor of the TD Centre in the stunning Lambert Room to Celebrate the recipients of the 2014 Annual Equitas Award for Human Rights Education. Created in 2010, the Award recognizes individuals or organizations working in Canada or internationally, who have made a tangible and exceptional contribution to the advancement of equality, social justice, peace and respect for human dignity through education programs. This year, two recipients have been selected: The Society for Children and Youth of British Columbia and the Youth Leadership Development Foundation in Yemen.

The guest of honour will be Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and former Mayor of Toronto. The event will be emceed by Bill Schiller, former Foreign Correspondent for the Toronto Star.

Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education for over 40 years, Montreal-based Equitas has been at the forefront of human rights education in Canada and around the world. Their programs reinforce the values of acceptance, respect, inclusion, collaboration and peaceful conflict-resolution. Every day, millions of people face discrimination, violence and denial of their basic human dignity. Proceeds from this event will be used to further develop Equitas programming in Canada and overseas and to support their ongoing work. Tickets are $100 (personal) and $175 (corporate). A partial tax receipt will be issued. All tickets must be purchased before March 14 – no tickets will be sold at the door. Thank you for your understanding.

Space is limited! Please purchase your tickets early to ensure your place! http://www.equitas.org or 514-954-0382 ext. 241

Child Protection in Development Introductory Course: Strengthening Child Protection in Community


This innovative and unique course invites scholar-practitioners and child protection professionals to an experiential journey in Child Protection Systems Strengthening. It will address the concepts, principles, tools, and self-reflection found in in the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) evidence-based approach to Child Protection Systems Strengthening. Their approach to protecting children in community focuses on the application of five key principles: lead with children, start from strengths of community and culture, build partnerships, work from the inside-out and use the power of ideas.

Through the application of these five principles, IICRD’s approach to child protecting systems focus on these five strategic areas:

1.Legislation, policy, enforcement and monitoring mechanisms
2.Inter-sectoral child protection referral and response services
3.Social change, including attitudinal change
4.Understanding and cooperation between formal and non-formal care and protection systems
5.Child and youth participation

IICRD is offering this course on March 15th & 16th, 2014 at Royal Roads University, BC, Canada. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required, before Friday, February 28th, 2014. Please include your name and email with registration. Payment and registration at cpid.iicrd.org

Registration fee: $25 plus GST, due by February 28th, 2014

Course fee: $200 plus GST, due by March 7th, 2014

For more information, please contact: info@iicrd.org