UNICEF has released An Agenda for EVERYChild 2015, highlighting the Sustainable Development Goals and calling for children everywhere to be at the heart of this new global agenda:
World leaders are setting out a roadmap for human progress over the next 15 years. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals, these new global targets will drive investment and action in virtually every country on earth, touching millions of lives. That is why it is vital that every child is included – and that children everywhere are at the heart of the new global agenda. 2015 should be a year of global action for children, engaging everyone – governments, institutions, corporations, communities, families, and individuals in every country – to demand and drive change for every child.
The first of the 7 goals identified is to "end violence, neglect, exploitation and abuse of children". And, importantly, the agenda recognizes this as an issue in all parts of the world.
Violence against children is a universal problem affecting every community and every country. Despite its prevalence, violence against children often hides in plain sight. More must be done to encourage people to speak out when they see or suspect violence against children, to raise awareness in schools and communities, and increase investment in social welfare systems and services that protect children from harm and provide support to those who are already victims.
For more information, visit UNICEF.
The last few weeks, leading up to the Christmas holidays, have been especially wonderful for the children, youth, and families who turn to the Community Child Abuse Council for help in very difficult circumstances. And our team of staff and clinicians have had particularly big smiles as a result of the generous community support that has bolstered our efforts and reinforced our belief in the generosity of the Hamilton community. Heartfelt thanks to everyone whose contributions have helped to make this a season of smiles for all of us! With your help, we are able to be here with specialized trauma treatment when youngsters need us and to forge ahead with all-important education and prevention efforts that we know will make a difference in many young lives. May this be a season of smiles for you as well, and may 2015 see more of Hamilton's children and youth thriving in every way.
We have a new home! And some of our closes friends and supporters stopped in recently to help us "officially" move in. Our new space is a welcoming and accessible place located on a major bus route and boasting five treatment rooms (2 more than we previously had). Our young clients and their families tell us it's a comfortable place and already it feels familiar to our staff and clinical team.
We were honoured to have special guest Ziauddin Yousafzai speak to those in attendance, encouraging us to continue our work on behalf of children and youth and our vision for a thriving community. In recognition of his global work supporting education and children's rights, the Council inducted him as an Honourary Leader for Kids. Mr. Yousafzai, the father of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, then joined with MPs David Sweet and David Christopherson, Board Chair David Hoy, and Executive Director Karen Smith for the ribbon cutting. Guests then toured the new space and met members of the Council's staff and clinical team. In all, a wonderful start to our journey at the new site.
Check the "News" tab for a short video interview with Ziauddin Yousafzai recorded during his visit with us.