JLI Ending Violence Against Children Hub

First Meeting: 9/19/17 –  9:00am-11:00 am EST via zoom


  • 9:00-9:45am            Welcome & Participant introductions
  • 9:45- 9:50am           Reflections from Moral Imperative High-Level Forum (Rebeca)
  • 9:55- 10:00am         Concept Note (Robyn and Carola)
  • 10-10:05am               Key themes and gaps from member survey  (Nicole Powell)
  • 10:05-10:35am         Small group discussions – themes and key questions (Robyn)
  • 10:35-10:40am         Small group feedback
  • 10:40-10:50am         Plans for Scoping Study (Carola)


Carola Eyber, Queen Margaret University

Robyn Hagan, World Vision International

Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Arigatou International

Attendee Organization Video
Fred Nyabera End Child Poverty Arigatou International
Rebeca Rios-Kohn Prayer and Action Arigatou International
Morina Orhan Catholic Relief Services Video
Kathy Sacco Catholic Relief Services Video
Meghan Kelly Compassion International
Michele Wymer Compassion International
Abagail Nelson Episcopal Relief & Development
Iman Pertek for Neelam Fida Islamic Relief Worldwide Video
Merveille Nkurunziza Maison Shalom Student Video
Jose Miguel De Angulo MAP International Video
Lynn Longenecker Mennonite Central Committee Video
Rabbi Diana Gerson New York Board of Rabbis
Eirwen Pallant Salvation Army Video
Monica Napier Samaritan’s Purse Video
Andrew Claypole Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children
Selina Palm Stellenbosch University: Unit for Religion and Development Research Video
Antonia Antonopoulos UNICEF
Joanna Kretzer Chun World Relief Video
Christo Greyling World Vision International
Amadou Gassama World Vision Senegal Video
Sam Lindsay World Vision Sri Lanka Video
Matthew Stephens World Vision US
Erica Van Deren and

Jessica Bousquette

World Vision US Video
John Carr   Video
Jean Duff, Stacy Nam  & Nicole Powell (intern) JLI

Regrets: Andreas Hipple (GHR Foundation), Chris Dodd, (End Corporal Punishment), Chintamani Yogi (Peace Service Center), Kavitha Vijayaraj (Sarvodaya), John Willot (Leeds), Frederique Seidel (WCC), Lillian Gitau (Compassion International), Kezia M’Clelland (Viva), Christina Nisha (Tearfund), Lynn Walsh (Universal Peace Federation)


Relevant documents:

Key Actions:

1. JLI and introductions

2. Reflections on Moral Imperative:

The Moral Imperative had a successful meeting yesterday. Faith organizations need JLI EVAC as forum to help build evidence currently needed with for example the Global Partnership. It exists to find what works and doesn’t work, how we translate that


3. JLI EVAC Hub: Concept Note

We will work with other JLI Hubs to address overlap as currently the SGBV Hub is focusing on engaging faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices

  • We want to collect and analyze evidence on faith & vac starting w/ the scoping study to inform better policy and practice- won’t conduct primary research


Member Survey Analysis (Nicole)

Key Themes and Gaps of Survey: mobilizing faith leaders to act, the unique role of faith communities in preventing VAC, the role of fear in faith communities, role of faith leaders in formal or informal child protection systems, what role faith can have in changing mindsets and behaviours to protect children (key questions at the end of Terms of Reference)


4. Small Group one Key Themes for the Scoping Study:
  • power, hierarchies and child abuse; from theological point of view
  • Look critically at complicity of faith leaders and silence in perpetuating violence
  • Unjust power relations (esp w/ apartheid there was theological justification) we need theologians and sociologists, we have to re-interpret authorities including religious authorities
  • Understanding how faith connects w/ fear & legitimizes violent punishment
  • what faith actors are doing within their own communities and how they can be a catalyst, esp countries w/ a predominant religion, whether Christian or Muslim
  • How faith leaders are involved; or not or they don’t have any influence
  • bridge that gap, in the child protection and faith communities from the inside out
  • Translate learnings into faith language and also for policy, so the scoping study becomes a living document
  • role of faith leaders in building recovery pathways for abused children, in remote areas
  • what complex trauma is, and how faith communities can be involved with healing
  • Role of beliefs in resilience, why do some children thrive and others don’t, the importance of being a part of a faith community
  • examples of addressing child rights and policy
  • fix it/transactional nature of mental health in area of healing from abuse
  • how to encourage faith leaders to accompany or join in the “journey” of healing with survivors


Key questions

  • What about working with faith leaders can we achieve that we couldn’t do through some of the community mobilization; is there a unique contribution in having a faith perspective
  • What is lost if the faith community isn’t engaged in the child protection system?


-Small Group 2 key themes:
  • Role of fear & faith communities (what exactly does this include?); faith leaders using fear to ensure people stay silent to not creating a safe space for kids to report violence, public shaming, retribution
    • Especially if perpetrators are faith leaders, some are fearful of ripping faith community apart; esp w/ strong shame culture
  • Consider what policymakers want: keep context of faith impact on SDGs outcomes
  • Need to narrow scope (can’t do everything in concept note)
  • Faith community policy work on child protection; what works (US is a model; esp ECUSA, but what about other countries & other faiths- esp w/ capacity areas, no legal binding, how to set up whistle blower system
    • Training members to address child protection (best practice?)
    • Challenge of addressing congregational base needs and mobilize change in them
    • Child safe organizations (Mobilizing churches as stakeholders in CP system and service providers)
  • Role that FBOs have in social accountability processes—rel between FBOs and local government
  • What works in faith orgs to help change social norms & values in society
  • Link to Inspire framework
  • Considering World Bank research on ECD: gap is currently- Where can we offer evidence in parenting/ caregiving stimulation; shift parents behaviors
  • Must have theological framework to engage FLs who don’t buy into child rights
  • Add child rights to concept note: All religions moral imperative to love and protect children- but also economic and legal imperative
  • Scoping study can review where rights approach has been used and where it has been successful in church settings

5. Scoping Study

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