The 5th Forum on the Global Network of Religions for Children took place, for three days, in Panama with the aim to find coordinated solutions to tackle violence against children. Arigatou International organized this event, that brings together the religious and spiritual leaders from all over the world with the participation of Plan International as part of this edition’ organizational committee.
After the opening made by Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varelas, several sessions took place on different aspects of the violence against children matter. Corina Villacorta, Latin America & The Caribbean Plan International’s Director, with Silvia Mazzarelli were part of the “Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Faith Communities role”. Plan International also was part of the session on “The Role of Ethics Education in Strengthening Families and Nurturing Spirituality in Children” through Melanie Swan’s participation.
The 5th Forum also had the voices of 60 young people from around the world, among them Plan International’s Wendy Nochez from Honduras and Teresa Suárez from Nicaragua. The youth not only were part of the pre-forum but also they shared their ideas during the different panels, raising their voices with their opinions and concerns.
After the event’s closure, a special session was held for organizations and representatives of Central America’s countries, were Plan International was represented by the directors of Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Wendy and Teresa.
Sean Maguire, regional office’s staff, country directors from Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Paraguay, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Burkina Faso, formed plan International’s delegation. The organization had a permanent stall where the pictures of the region’s photography contest were display.