Developing a Multi-Religious Approach to Child Protection

The province of North Cotabato, in Mindanao, the Philippines, has one of the lowest ratios of birth registration nationally, putting children—especially indigenous children—at risk for lack of access to services they need. Religions for Peace brought together diverse religious leaders to develop key messages using religious scripture and traditions that address child protection—particularly the issue of birth registration. Within a short span of time, these efforts capitalized on the engagement of religious leaders to register unprecedented numbers of children.