Since 2010, Chiro Philippines created a new committee to specifically cater to international relations. The members help organize encounters, representations, and help in the implementation of Chiro’s commitments outside.
Some of our linkages include:
Chiro is one of the founding members of International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements (FIMCAP) which was founded in 1962. From then on, Chiro has been actively participating in all the activities, projects, and advocacies of the federation. Chiro also participates in different international youth gathering such as Asian Youth Day, World Youth Day, and Taize Youth Meetings.
During 24th General Assembly in Slovakia, Fimcap adopted a mission statement about Children’s Rights. It explains the aims and positions of FIMCAP in terms of children’s rights.
On the 20th of November we celebrate FIMCAP day; not by chance this day is also Universal Children’s Day. On 20 November 1989 all countries agreed upon the International Convention of the Rights of the Child (the Convention). For the first time in history, all countries (except the United States of America and Somalia) have signed and ratified a Convention; so now it is a legally binding document.
Theme for 2014: Children’s Right and Peace
“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defense of peace must be constructed” (Constitutive Act UNO and UNESCO)
The statement of the 24th FIMCAP General Assembly stated:
As a Catholic youth organisation, FIMCAP has the responsibility to promote, stand and act for peace within the member organizati- ons and societies in general. We affirm every person’s right to live in peace and harmony through truth, justice, freedom and love. The child has the right for peace. We define peace as the result of different conditions such as the respect of human rights and children’s rights; the respect of human dignity; the provi- sion of safe environments; equal access to and equal opportunities in education and resour- ces. Children are entitled to live in a healthy environment. We acknowledge the family as the primary provider of such an environment; FIMCAP organisations also contribute towards the realisation of such an environment, and call on Church and society to do the same. FIMCAP considers the child to be a protagonist in the process of peace. FIMCAP organisations and their leaders are encouraged to make children aware of peace, threats to peace, to learn to be peaceful and to live together in peace.
As stated above, we as FIMCAP family must make sure that at least within our organisations children feel safe and can enjoy their right to peace. We can take a leading role in teaching them how to solve problems in a way of respect and equality. They learn to work together and to solve conflicts, to become tolerant. Small conflicts between children are not always bad, they can be enriching, and they show that someone cares, it helps for someone personal development, but it is the way they are solved that causes trouble. It goes without saying that bullying and bigger conflicts cause a lot of trouble, children are affected. It is proven that children who did not experience violence and who develop in a healthy manner are less likely to use violence, whether in their childhood or as adults. Defending the rights of ICRC article 19 means prevention of violence in the future and is essential for the promotion of all rights in the ICRC.
In 2000 a manifesto was written by a group of Nobel Peace Prize laureates with the help of UNESCO. 14 years later and still, a lot needs to be done. This is what they stated:
Recognizing my share of responsibility for the future of humanity, especially for today‘s child- ren and those of future generations, I pledge – in my daily life, in my family, my work, my community, my country and my region – to:
1. respect the life and dignity of every person without discrimination or prejudice;
2. practice active non-violence, rejecting violence in all its forms: physical, sexual, psycho- logical, economical and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable such as children and adolescents;
3. share my time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression;
4. defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening rather than fanaticism, defamation and the rejection of others;
5. promote consumer behaviour that is responsible and development practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet;
6. contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles, in order to create together new forms of solidarity. If you read this statement you see that as an individual or as organisation you can already do a lot to ensure a save environment for children during their leisure time. In all this it’s important to see children as person who have rights and not only as victims.
From FIMCAP day on, 20th November 2014, we’ll as FIMCAP will focus more on the topic Children’s Rights and peace
Catholic Organizations for Youth in Asia (COYA)
Fimcap is a member of the COYA in Asia. It is a network of all Catholic lay associations and movements existing in Asia. COYA is under the Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conference – Office of the Laity and Family – Youth Desk (FABC-OLF-YD).
Chiro as an on-going partnership exchange program with Jungwacht and Blauring Switzerland since 2006. The partnership is a leaders’ exchange which fosters understanding, cultural awareness, sharing of faith, and sharing of skills and ideas between the two organizations.
International Activities Attended:
World Youth Day
Asian Youth Day
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ASIAN YOUTH DAY 2014 IN DAEJEON, SOUTH KOREA
Chiro Youth Movement as member of Fimcap led workshops for the Asian Youth Day in Daejeon South Korea. The workshops were about Poverty and Freedom which are closely linked to Children’s Rights as the theme of Fimcap for three years.
After the Asian Youth Day, key leaders from different parts of Asia gathered for the Asian Youth Ministers Meeting. The members of the Catholic Organizations for Youth in Asia (COYA) including Fimcap helped in organizing the event. Cardinal Chiro Tagle were among the speakers for the AYMM.