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Islamic New Year 2022

This Hijri New Year, help us protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

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The Islamic New Year—also known as the Arabic New Year or Hijri New Year—marks the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.

After Ramadan, Muharram is the second most holy month of the Islamic year.

For Muslims around the world, Hijri New Year is a time for reflection and mourning, with the majority joining prayer sessions in their mosques and spending time with family.

Although no large-scale celebrations take place, it is usually declared as a public holiday in most Muslim-majority nations including Indonesia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

Decades of research has shown that the sexual exploitation of children is a global issue.

The sexual exploitation of children occurs across a wide range of socioeconomic groups, educational levels, ethnic and cultural groups, and in every geographic region. 

Across ECPAT’s global membership, many reside in Muslim-majority nations, where children face the risk of child marriage, child trafficking, and other forms of exploitation and abuse. 

Click on the images below to learn more about our work in ending the sexual exploitation of children across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Child Trafficking in Bangladesh

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Child Sexual Abuse Material in Indonesia

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The Sexual Exploitation of Boys in Pakistan

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The Sexual Exploitation of Children in MENA

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Child Marriage in MENA

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How War and Conflict Create Dangerous Situations for Children in MENA

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ECPAT believes that knowledge is critical to informing our decisions and guiding targeted actions and activities in order to end this crime.
We rely on evidence-based research to understand the sexual exploitation of children, while pushing for systemic and social changes with governments, intergovernmental institutions, the private sector, civil society, and the general public—including children themselves. 

This Hijri New Year, we need your help.

With your support, ECPAT can continue its research to better understand and end the sexual exploitation of children.
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