This book explores approaches to preventing all forms of violence against children from the perspectives of Islam and Christianity. These faiths place great value on children and the importance of raising them in a safe, protective, and morally sound environment so that they may realise their rights to live, grow, develop, and be active members of society. In that context, Al-Azhar University and the Coptic Church of Egypt joined together with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to compile this guide for all those who work in the wide field of caring for and protecting children, including parents, servants, teachers, educators, imams, priests, and others.
Both religions acknowledge that "Protecting children from all forms of deprivation, discrimination, violence and danger is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed by international conventions to which most countries are committed, such as the Convention on Rights of the Child, which has become the reference for all the fundamental rights of children that should be respected, protected and enforced."
Using religious texts and faith-based methods, the guide was developed to be used to prevent violence in the three most important environments of a child's development: the family, school, and social circles. The guide covers various forms of violence, including child labour, sexual abuse, child homelessness, domestic and school violence, armed conflicts, child trafficking, and online violence. Specifically, contents include:
- The Islamic and Christian perspectives on violence against children
- Child marriage and forced marriage
- Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)
- Discrimination among children
- Child labour
- Sexual abuse of children
- Absence of family care and children living on the street
- Domestic violence against children
- Violence in schools and educational institutions
- Children in armed and other conflicts
- Child trafficking
- Violence against children on television and the Internet - "Islam and Christianity recognize the value of new forms of technology and communication, but caution against the dangers and challenges they also present. Families of both faiths are encouraged to remain involved in the children's lives - online and offline - and continue to instil in them positive spiritual and social values."
52 (English); 51 (Arabic)
Save the Children's Resource Centre, October 10 2017.