TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2023 /CNW/ - To mark World Children's Day, the Canadian Healthcare Workers Alliance for Gaza is hosting an event to honour the children of Gaza. Since October 8th, over 5,000 children have been killed, with approximately 8,500 injured. This translates to an average of one child being killed every ten minutes. Contrary to the United Nation's Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have been in the direct face of aggression and continue to be victims of collective punishment.
As stated by the United Nations, "World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children." This day was also established to promote international awareness among children worldwide. In line with the UN's objectives, this event will be led by children, with a focus on children's perspectives on the plight of their peers. Mental health practitioners will also be on site to offer children an opportunity to share their feelings in a safe space.
This event is also supported by leading Canadian and international NGOs. It is taking place in conjunction with a World Children's Day event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Sunday November 19, 2023
National Anthem, Remarks, Presentations, and Poetry
Moment of silence
? Several Canadian children, including 10 year old twins whose father is in Gaza
? Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH - 'Martin Luther King of the Middle East'
? Spoken word by Maryam Masud ? Youth social media influencer
Nathan Phillips Square (Seating will be provided)
For media inquiries, contact: Sadia Qureshi, Head ? PR & Communications, Touchpoint Communications, [email protected], (647) 870-6587
SOURCE Canadian Healthcare Workers Alliance for Gaza