Today marks the 158th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Also National Youth Day is celebrated on the same day. On the account of National Youth Day many celebrities have expressed their views on the youth as they are the pillars of the coming future. Ayushmann Khurrana is the celebrity advocate for UNICEF on their global campaign of ending violence against children. He expressed how the youth of the nation can come together to fight atrocities against children and end all violence against them.
Ayushmann also put lights on how the big change can be hoped for when young people come together against this cause. He said, “Only when young people come together with a common understanding and join forces in putting an end to violence against children, can we hope for some substantial changes. Influencing peer groups to recognize violence in its many forms is something the young people can do very effectively.” He also talked about how youth can help in protecting children, Ayushmann said that even small acts can help.
While talking about the same he added, “From small actions like calling out a friend who is harassing a girl on the street or reaching out/calling helpline to report acts of violence against their peers that they come across in daily life, supporting the survivors in seeking help, or asking adults like parents, teachers and school authorities to listen to them are some concrete actions that young people can take to make a difference.”
Ayushmann also highlighted how UNICEF aims to achieve its goals in 2021. He shared, “In 2021, UNICEF aims to build greater awareness, dialogue and public action on prevention of and response to violence against children. At the same time we need to continue to advocate for increased investment and attention to services and programmes that assist survivors of violence.”
He also said that putting an end to violence against children is a collective act and not a solo act. While talking about it he said, “Violence against children is deeply pervasive in society and takes on many different forms such as bullying, sexual abuse, corporal punishment and violence online. Very often the perpetrators are people who children trust or are familiar with, including parents, family members, neighbors, and friends. Ending violence against children is everyone’s business and needs continuous efforts by each one of us.”