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Parliament of World's Religions

The Parliament of World’s Religions is the oldest, largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people from all faith and traditions. The first Parliament took place in 1893, and this year it will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from 15 to 19 October 2015.

"Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity:  Working together for a world of compassion, peace, justice, and sustainability is the main theme of the 2015 Parliament."

The Parliament will feature a wide variety of exhibition booths and hundreds of interesting workshops which will discuss working together in harmony for the good of humanity. Themes from violence and terrorism, justice and inequalities, climate change, to women’s and children’s rights will be highlighted.

With 10,000 attendees from 80 countries and 50 religious and spiritual traditions, the Parliament will provide an invaluable opportunity for networking, awareness raising, and recruitment.

Save the Children will attend the Parliament together with colleagues from the Churches’ Network for Non-Violence and the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children. Our purpose in attending will be to increase religious support for the prohibition and elimination of all Physical and Humiliating Punishment (PHP) of children across global multi-religious communities and advocate for children’s rights; to encourage religious communities to be active participants/advocates and leaders in the movement for law reform; to listen to religious leaders’ ideas and suggestions about religious involvement; and to provide information and resources to assist religious communities to take action and discuss how religious leaders can raise the status of children in their communities.

Save the Children, in partnership with the Churches' Network for Non-Violence and the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children will run a workshop entitled ‘Ending Legalised Violence against Children’. We will be making clear connections to the Parliament theme of compassion, peace, justice, and sustainability. After giving an overview and background, and experience from the work of Save the Children all over the world, and particularly in Latin America, we will discuss how to engage with religious leaders and communities. Religious communities have an important part to play in working with others towards ending this commonplace violence against children and in leading campaigns to bring about the changes and reforms needed to transform the lives of children.

Save the Children will present a new advocacy leaflet directed to religious leaders, asking for their help and contribution in eliminating PHP. Our partners from the Churches’ Network for Non-Violence and the Global Initiative will present a new updated version of the book ‘Ending Corporal Punishment of Children- a Handbook for Worship and Gatherings’. The manual is an invaluable advocacy tool for addressing PHP and the role religion plays in eliminating it.

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