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Central Java children discuss bullying with UN special representative on Violence Against Children

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Sun, March 8, 2020   /   03:00 pm
Central Java children discuss bullying with UN special representative on Violence Against Children United Nations special representative of the Secretary General on violence against children Najat Maalla M'jid (‘second left’) and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo (‘second right’) speak to schoolchildren about bullying in Semarang, Central Java, on Friday. (JP/Suherdjoko)

More than 150 children from various communities discussed coping with bullying in their surroundings with United Nations special representative of the Secretary General on violence against children Najat Maalla M'jid in Semarang, Central Java, on Friday.

The dialogue about the prevention of violence against children was also attended by Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo.

The UN special representative said the children could help victims of bullying by assuring them it was not their fault. "The victims are never wrong. It's the bullies who are at fault,” Najat said in response to a student's question on how to behave towards bullying victims. 

She also told discussion participants to report any bullying they encountered to school authorities to deter the perpetrators.

Bullying, she added, could happen anywhere in the world, including her own home country of Morocco. "What's most important is that you know how to handle it."

The event was organized by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) as part of its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end all forms of violence against children, to realize the right of every child to live free from fear, neglect, abuse and exploitation. (vny)