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Break the silence, Be a QUDWA

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020

 

Child abuse comes in many forms including neglect, psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. According to a local study conducted in 2008, 1 out of 6 children is a victim of a form of sexual abuse, and 1 out of 4 is a victim of physical abuse.

These numbers are no longer representative as the Lebanese population has drastically grown throughout these past years and the true incidence is likely much higher due to underreporting. 

 

Day after day, many children are being abused behind closed doors and the abusers can be anyone, from men to women, old or young, strangers or family members.

Child abuse leaves serious consequences on the lives of these victims who could also experience long-term psychological and social difficulties. Although the public opinion in the MENA region refuses such violent acts against children, it is still shy about taking action when needed. 

Grabbing the phone and actually reporting suspected child abuse, can be a daunting task especially in our society where family names and reputation are sacredly protected. 


 

 

On the occasion of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, following the Lebanese economic crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Beirut Port explosion which has had severe psychological and social consequences on both parents and children, himaya, in partnership with UNICEF, and with funding from the Danish government, is launching an awareness campaign reminding every citizen of their social responsibility, to report cases of child abuse to the authorities or concerned NGOs. 

 

We are encouraging individuals to become inspiring and active agents within their communities and become a role model; a QUDWA, leading by example when it comes to protecting children throughout Lebanon. The campaign promotes the need to break the barrier of fear and report situations of abuse through himaya’s hotline: 03 414 965. 

 

Our Web-Series will be broadcasted live on social media every Wednesday at 7:00 P.M, during which our host Ralph Doumit, along with experts and specialists from the himaya as well as social media influencers, will tackle the different types of child abuse and answer live questions from viewers and followers

The first episode is set to launch on the 18th of November. 

 

The campaign's pledge reflects the commitment of every citizen as responsible individuals when it comes to protecting children within their society. The “pledge” is a social media sticker that will be used by influencers to reiterate their promise to defend children’s rights and protect them from any form of abuse; thus, urging others to do the same, and in turn, become a QUDWA within their communities as well.

 

Don’t turn a blind eye

Spread the word, Break the silence,

and become a QUDWA today. 

 

 

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