Ending Violence Against Children Hub Scoping Study on Faith Actors’ Involvement, Prevention, Elimination, and Perpetuation of Ending Violence Against Children Launch Webinar

The webinar was co-hosted by the PaRD SDG 16 work-stream

Speakers:

Introduction to Faith and Ending Violence Against Children Hub

  • Robyn Hagan, World Vision International JLI EVAC Hub Co-Chair

Scoping Study Researchers:

  • Carola Eyber, Queen Margaret University and JLI EVAC Academic Co-Chair
  • Selina Palm, Stellenbosch University

Resources

Brief 1: A Mixed Blessing: Roles of faith communities in ending violence against children

A Mixed Blessing: Roles of faith communities in ending violence against children

Brief 2: Why faith? Engaging faith mechanisms to end violence against children

Why faith? Engaging faith mechanisms to end violence against children

Q&A and Discussion

  • JLI Researchers discussed the FGM was not included as that was in the remit of the GBV Hub Scoping see here for those studies
  • Discussion included questions on what’s in it for Faith Leaders to open this so-called ‘can of worms’. This is important in a collectivist society like India, where many such issues are hushed up rather than openly discussed? Working with communities to look at harmful practices and find alternatives together.
  • Need for more research with LGBT children/youth experiencing bullying, violence, sexual violence and suicide
  • See the full Scoping Study above for resources on “unlearning” violence (ie support to parents, training for teachers, etc.) religious beliefs and cultural beliefs and norms and scripture & corporal punishment
  • Hub resources on faith and ending violence against children are here

Please feel free to continue the discussion below in the comments * you will need to be logged into the JLI

The Religions for Peace World Assembly 2019 met in Lindau Germany August 19th to 23rd to agree common action towards Caring for our Common Future: Advancing Shared wellbeing.

900 religious leaders, representing diverse faith communities from 120 countries, gathered to discuss key themes including: preventing and transforming violent conflicts, promoting just and harmonious societies, advancing sustainable and integral human development and protecting the earth.

The World Assembly Declaration codifies delegate’s commitments to common action including support for the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, the International Campaign to abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Peace Charter for Reconciliation and Forgiveness.

RFP Trustees, in an inspired move, elected Azza Karam of UNFPA and the UN Interagency Task Force on Faith and Development to replace Bill Vendley, longtime Secretary General and servant of peace.

The German government provided extraordinary support to the World Assembly, making it possible for faith leaders to attend from around the world. The Assembly was honored to hear a major address by German President Steinmeier affirming the important role of religions in making and keeping peace. The Assembly was called to action by other global leaders including Sheikh Bin Bayah, Patriarch Bartholemew, Rabbi David Rosen, Sheikh Mubaje, Hon. Mehrezia Labidi-Maiza, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Ela Ghandi, Dr Vinu Aram and Dr. Jeff Sachs.

Local people and churches in Lindau hosted what must have been the worlds largest pot luck supper with home cooked food for all the delegates – a great experience of warm hospitality! A great example of mobilization of faith communities!

JLI was privileged to attend a day long caucus of the RFP Women of Faith Network , with 250 women of all faith from diverse contexts with common concerns, joining forces for common action.

Together with Kerida McDonald from UNICEF, JLI led a workshop consultation with faith actors from around the world on the new Faith for Positive Change for Children global initiative for social and behavior change – see information brochure here.

JLI also partnered with Religions for Peace and others to provide a pivotal report on Guide to Action on Mobilizing Faith Communities to Welcome Migrants and Refugees.

Guide to Action on Mobilizing Faith Communities to Welcome Migrants and Refugees

Video coverage of the plenaries on RfP’s youtube page

Related news coverage:

Interfaith group pledges to use religion’s influence to address climate change, poverty

ringforpeace.org

The Sixth annual G20 Interfaith Forum took place in Tokyo Japan with about 300 religious leaders, FBOs, academics and others gathered from around the world.

Katherine Marshall, World Faiths Development Dialogue and Cole Durhan, Brigham Young University under the patronage of Dr Haruhisa Handa organized the conference.

The goal of the Forum was to discuss global issues through the lens of faith. Attendees also aimed to develop recommendations from the faith community to the G20 meeting in Osaka.

This year’s themes were People, Planet Peace: Pathways Forward

Jean Duff represented JLI and made contributions to two working sessions and to the closing Plenary “Towards 2020”. At the People session on Every Child has a Right to a Childhood, JLI announced the launch of the EVAC Hub’s new three-part Scoping Report and presented recommendations for the G20 Summit. At the Peace session on “New Ways to Serve and Integrate Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Communities,” JLI presented recommendations for the G20 Summit relating to the importance of the Global Compact on Refugees and the role of local faith actors in implementing it. Also, JLI contributed to the policy briefs from the two sessions.

 

JLI Session Presentations

View the Presentation on Protecting and Nurturing Children in Todays Challenging World

View the Presentation on New Ways to Serve and Integrate Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Communities

Link to G20 Website

Related new articles:

Op-ed on Reuters from by Graça Machel: A G20 Imperative: Focus on our children

Op-ed on Daily Caller from Kevin Hyland: It’s critical that the G20 addresses human trafficking

The diversity of origins and traditions which make humanity unique are being targeted by intolerance, sometimes by brutal violence, and refugees are often on the front line of this assault. Reinforcing the traditional role of faith communities in offering sanctuary to refugees, more than 25 faith-based actors express their further commitment to upholding the dignity of refugees through offering effective protection, access to social services and fulfilment of human rights and enhancing peacebuilding efforts. Based on their religious teachings, as well as on the experience that some of their communities have of being targeted themselves, faith-based actors seek to address xenophobia as one of their special responsibilities.

 

The Global Compact on Refugees specifically recognizes the contribution and long-standing experience of faith-based actors in supporting refugees and will highlight these contributions at the Global Refugee Forum. Whether supporting refugees, including children, on their journey to safety including in reception and admission, meeting protection or service delivery needs and supporting communities to find solutions such as private sponsorship programmes, faith-based actors are committed to working alongside states and the rest of the global humanitarian community to deliver the promise of the Global Compact on Refugees.

 

This statement is supported by:

  1. ACT Alliance
  2. Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
  3. American Jewish World Service
  4. Anglican Alliance
  5. Anglican Communion
  6. Caritas Internationalis
  7. Christian Aid
  8. Church World Service
  9. EU-CORD
  10. Food for the Hungry
  11. Global One
  12. HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
  13. International Catholic Migration Commission
  14. Islamic Relief Worldwide
  15. Jesuit Refugee Service
  16. Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
  17. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
  18. Network for Dialogue
  19. Religions for Peace
  20. Soka Gakkai International
  21. Tearfund
  22. World Council of Churches
  23. World Evangelical Alliance
  24. World Relief
  25. World Vision International

June 2019

We are happy to announce the publication of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) Ending Violence Against Children Hub (EVAC Hub) three-part scoping study. The EVAC Hub began the scoping study in 2018 to better understand the role of religion and faith actors in protecting children against violence. Dr Carola Eyber at Queen Margaret University (QMU) led the scoping study with Dr Selina Palm at Stellenbosch University, Kathleen Rutledge at QMU, and Francisco Colombo under the guidance of Dr Olivia Wilkinson at JLI.

Thanks also to the JLI EVAC Hub co-chairs- Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Arigatou International, Neelam Fida, Islamic Relief Worldwide and Robyn Hagan, World Vision International. The study would also like to acknowledge the numerous hub members who contributed resources, case studies and interview suggestions.

The scoping study focused on two areas:

Firstly, the unique contributions of faith communities to ending as well as contributing to violence against children. Secondly, the role of faith actors in influencing and supporting the wider community and formal and informal child protection systems.

The scoping study had three components: an extensive literature review, a case study submission
process for hub members to share practice-based models and a consultation stage with experts through interviews. The study covered all regions and faiths.

Join the JLI Hub as a member to hear about the launch of the scoping study and soon to be release policy briefs on positive contributions of faith communities and faith engagement mechanisms to ending violence against children, and critical issues facing faith communities.

 

Click below to read the different parts of the scoping study.

Literature Review                       Case Studies                        Experts’ Consultation

 

Brief 1: A Mixed Blessing: Roles of faith communities in ending violence against children

Brief 2: Why faith? Engaging faith mechanisms to end violence against children

Join the JLI Ending Violence Against Children for next steps and collaboration.

 

Copenhagen May 2019

JLI, in its role as a PaRD Knowledge Partner, attended the PaRD General Assembly of Members in Copenhagen to report to the PaRD workstreams on study progress as well as share JLI Hub and Project work.

JLI is currently supporting evidence building for the workstreams on  Health – SDG 3Gender Equality and Empowerment – SDG 5and Sustaining Peace – SDG 16. JLI Research Advisor, Susanna Trotta, President, Jean Duff and Senior Programs and Knowledge Manager, Stacy Nam attended and reported to the workstreams in parallel sessions. Members agreed to start new working groups in capacity building and Environment, Water and Climate Action. JLI looks forward to aligning the JLI climate webinars and evidence building with the working group.

Jean Duff, JLI President, reporting on JLI-PaRD Workstream Studies in plenary on May 2

 

JLI presented in the open sessions on both days on three themes:

  1. UNICEF Faith for Social Behavior Change Initiative
  2. Refugees and Forced Migration Hub and accompanying policy work on related to the Global Compact on Refugees and Local Humanitarian Leadership-see the upcoming Beirut Event
  3. Ending Violence Against Children Study. to be launched soon. stay tuned for launch webinar details

Read more about the sessions on the PaRD website here

Editors: Emma Tomalin and Caroline Starkey

The University of Leeds is looking for contributors to a new and exciting handbook on the topic of Religion, Gender and Society. Underpinning the volume, is an awareness that it is impossible for scholars, activists and policy makers to understand and explain contemporary societies and to contribute towards positive social change unless attention is paid to the role that religion plays in shaping gender identities. This handbook will provide a survey of the current state of research on religions, gender and society. Its aim will be to make a major contribution to the research agenda for the next 5-7 years, to redefine existing areas within the context of international research, and to highlight emerging and cutting edge areas.

If you are interesting in being considered, please send a short abstract/chapter outline to Dr Caroline Starkey ([email protected]) by Monday 1st April 2019. Final chapters will be due in autumn/winter 2019, with publication planned for mid-2020.

See more information and topics here

March 11, 2019

By Olivia Wilkinson and Susanna Trotta on the Georgetown University Berkley Center blog

This blog post highlights Education and Refugee Response from the JLIFLC policy brief on the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees with faith actors.

“In the Global Compact on Refugees’ program of action, education falls within a section on meeting needs and supporting communities. The main provision within the compact is for the support of national education systems, which in many cases will include schools that are run by faith-based institutions and operating within national laws and policies. However, refugee children can struggle to gain places (especially in over-burdened systems) and integrate into new education systems. Issues related to which curricula to follow and to accreditation between home, host, and destination curricula have caused problems. Instead, children on the move may seek non-formal education opportunities, which can also be run by faith actors, such as sessions in religious buildings with provisions funded by the faith community.”

See full Georgetown Berkley Center Post Here

New Knowledge Partnership between Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) and the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD)

 

On October 27, 2018, JLI and PaRD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at JLI’s Annual Board Meeting. Jonathan Duffy, JLI Board Chair and Jean Duff, JLI President and Thomas Lawo, PaRD Secretariat Coordinator signed for their respective organizations. The PaRD Steering Group ratified the MOU at its meeting in Toronto in November 2018.

 

The JLI and PaRD seek full and appropriate engagement of the capacities of faith-based and religious groups in the achievement of the SDGs through effective partnerships with public sector and secular entities, as well as among religious groups themselves. JLI brings knowledge partner capacities, a proven track record in preparing evidence reports, briefs, calls to action, conference programs, peer-reviewed article, and journals. PaRD focuses on joint activities in its three areas of engagement knowledge exchange, capacity building, and joint advocacy.

 

JLI provides evidence support to PaRD’s three work-streams:

  • SDG 3 Health with a focus on faith and adolescent sexual and reproductive health,
  • SDG 5 Gender Equality and Empowerment with a focus on the role of faith-based partnerships in preventing and addressing gender-based violence and
  • SDG 16 Sustaining Peace with a focus on effective peacebuilding focus on South Asia and the Lake Chad Basin

 

The studies and evidence briefs will be co-designed and will draw upon PaRD and JLI members’ information and experiences, which will, in turn, inform joint research and advocacy agendas. Each of the three workstreams will present preliminary reports for discussion during the PaRD annual meeting on May 2 and 3 in Copenhagen.

 

Please visit www.pard.international and read more on PaRD and its members’ activities! Read about the JLI’s work through learning hubs and partnerships at jliflc.com.

The Role of Local Faith Actors In Implementing The Global Compact On Refugees

February 18, 2019

Amman, Jordan

 

On February 18th, local and regional and international actors from all sectors met in Amman, Jordan for a half-day seminar. The meeting attendees included government agencies, think tanks, community-based and humanitarian organizations including faith-based organizations. The Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization, World Vision International, Anglican Communion, Muslim Aid, Middle East Council of Churches, Caritas Jordan, ICMC, Syria Relief, Tearfund and Mennonite Central Committee were among the organizations represented.

The seminar facilitated discussion on opportunities for increased engagement with local faith actors, examples of current programs and recommendations for better policies and practice to address refugee response in the region.

 

Seminar Goal: To continue and strengthen partnerships and programs to implement the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) by sharing and discussing the critical ways of faith actors respond to refugees and forced migration.

Attendees and speakers at LHL Amman Seminar

Attendees and speakers at LHL Amman Seminar

 

Speakers included:

  • Mr. Mohammed Kilani, Secretary General Deputy, Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization – Welcome
  • Douglas DiSalvo, Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR – Faith and Protection: partnering with religious and FBOS to implement the Global Compact on Refugees
  • Dr. Zakaria Al Sheikh, Trustee and Country Director, Al-Imdaad International (Jordan) – The religious imperative to care for the stranger—examples from Jordan.
  • Jean Duff, President, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities – Roles of faith actors in implementing the Global Compact on Refugees

Amanda Rives, Regional Policy and Advocacy Director, Middle East and Eastern Europe Region, External Engagement Sr. Advisor, Child Protection & Participation, World Vision International chaired a panel on local faith refugee response with:

  • Fr Mihai Pavel Director Faith and Development Middle East Region, World Vision International
  • Inshirah Mousa – Director of JSR
  • Dr. Kawas, Middle East Council of Churches
  • Sheikh Zayed Hammad, President, Kitab wa Sunneh

Amanda Rives and Marwan Al Hennawi, JHCO chaired the final Q&A Session

 

Co-hosts and Speakers at the LHL Amman Seminar

Co-hosts and Speakers at the LHL Amman Seminar

Key points discussed by the speakers, panels and participants:

  1. The Facts about Local Faith Actors’ care for refugees on the move and in place

The possibility for significant engagement of local faith actors can have much greater depth and scope.  This is seen by the many examples and ways local faith actors help refugees throughout their journey around the world. There are still many unmet possibilities for better ways to care for refugees from local actors, including local faith actors.

“Faith can play a key role in refugees’ experiences and rebuilding their lives. Stakeholders should help make connections with local faith leaders and facilitate spiritual support across all stages and places if desired by refugees. “ –Jean Duff, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

 

2. Better ways to work collaborate better together across sectors

The attendees discussed recommendations for joint burden and responsibility sharing and the areas of support (Reception and Admission, Meeting Needs, and Supporting Communities), and solutions. These are based on JLI’s analysis of faith actors’ strengths and weaknesses, the current examples of programs, and ways to better work across sectors together for a joint response.

“Refugees often find comfort in being able to continue their prayer and religious duties. Faith sensitive providers like JHCO can help link refugees with faith leaders and place of worship and provide psychosocial support.” -Ayman Al Mufleh, Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization

 

 

Co-Hosts: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, World Vision, and the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other news:

Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization release in the Jordan Times

 

This event is part of a larger series of dynamic events on the intersection of faith actors and the Global Compact on Refugees. Other events will be held in Beirut, Brussels and Geneva funded by the Henry Luce Foundation

 

Read more about JLI’s research on the roles of local faith actors and the Global Compact on Refugees. Brief available in English and Arabic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accompanying Resource Brief