Children at the assembly yesterday issued a series of challenges to the WCC and all its member churches. These ranged from making a commitment to work against the sexual exploitation of children to setting up childrens networks in parishes.
They also challenged the council and churches to give moral, financial and spiritual support to the Global Ecumenical Childrens Network.
The network, which is still in its formation stage, will promote child rights and advocacy for children and work on "meeting the short-term needs of children and changing the factors contributing to the destruction of child dignity".
The children also asked the WCC and churches:
- to make a commitment to fight against the exploitation of children, especially children involved in the sex trade, and the sexual exploitation of domestic servants.
- to foster the opening of chapters of the childrens network in local parishes.
- to promote the participation of children in parishes.
- to recognise the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in all churches.
- to adopt a resolution saying that the WCC agrees with all the points in the convention, especially the clause that allows youth participation.
- to help build a positive image of children, particularly of delinquent children, and stopping stigmatization.
- to collect money on International Childrens Day for the network to help exploited and abused children.
- to organise an Internet site dedicated to the childrens network and the positive role that youth play in todays society.
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