Beirut, 12 June 2018 – Despite the fact that 69% of the Lebanese know it’s harmful to hit a child, more than 6 in 10 children are still subjected to violent discipline every month, across Lebanon. UNICEF is calling on all stakeholders; government, non-government organizations, community- and religious leaders as well as caregivers, to advocate for positive discipline, free of violence.
In line with a global initiative, UNICEF Lebanon, on World Day against Child Labour, is launching an #EndViolence campaign, focusing on positive parenting and alternative discipline methods – at home, school and at community level – to ensure what is a collective responsibility, namely a healthy development of children in Lebanon.
The campaign tagline, “I want to raise you without violence”, urges all members of society to come together to ensure children live in a safe environment, free of violence where their rights are met and where children are given a chance to thrive and achieve their full potential.
“Ending violence against children is in everybody’s interest – every child has the right to grow up safe from harm. That is why families, schools and communities need to use alternative discipline and become more positively involved in children’s lives,” says Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF Lebanon Representative.
“Language mirrors society, it reflects how we think and act. So eventually, UNICEF wants to bring back the true meaning of the words “I’ll teach you a lesson” – away from a violent punishment into raising with love and care”.
All forms of violence, regardless of nature and severity, are harmful to children and a violation of their fundamental human rights. Also, there is significant evidence…
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