The World Anti-Bullying Forum is a meeting place for researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the work against bullying. To end violence against and between children the Swedish NGO Friends initiated the World Anti-Bullying Forum in 2017.
The aims of the World Anti-Bullying Forum are:
- To address and prevent bullying and other forms of violence among children in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Agenda 2030.
- To facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners on preventing bullying among children.
- To gather, coordinate, and make research-based knowledge on preventing bullying among children easily accessible globally and digitally.
The World Anti-Bullying Forum is committed to upholding and promoting the rights of all children, as outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We believe in creating a safe and inclusive environment for all children, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, sex, language, political or other opinion, national, ethnic, or social origin, property, disability, birth, or other status. This means that all children have the right to enjoy their rights without discrimination of any kind.
WABF strives to challenge and dismantle systems of oppression that disproportionately impact marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ individuals, indigenous and people of color.
We believe that every child has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and we will continue to work towards creating a more just and equitable world for all children. It is important to recognize that bullying is a form of violence and to take steps to address and prevent it in order to create a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone. We believe in the inherent value and dignity of every child and strive to create a world where all children can live safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
Our values include:
- Respect: We respect the rights, opinions, and feelings of every child and work to ensure that their voices are heard and their needs are met.
- Inclusion: We strive to create a diverse and inclusive community that embraces and celebrates the unique identities and experiences of all children.
- Empathy: We believe in the power of empathy and strive to understand and address the needs and challenges faced by children in all corners of the world.
- Equity: We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every child, and work to ensure that all children can reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.
- Sustainability: We work to create long-lasting, sustainable solutions to the challenges facing children, ensuring that they can thrive now and in the future.
The World Anti-Bullying Forum is an international forum and biannual conference that brings together experts from various disciplines to increase the understanding of bullying and other forms of violence against children and young people. The forum hosts discussions, panels, and meetings that aim to improve our understanding of bullying in all settings where children spend time, as well as efforts to stop and prevent it. The World Anti-Bullying Forum invites perspectives from fields such as psychology, sociology, education, gender studies, media studies, social work, health sciences, public health, childhood studies, political science, philosophy, and criminology. It also provides a platform for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss how bullying relates to issues such as equality, social emotional learning, rights and responsibilities, school climate, inclusion, and identity-based discrimination. By sharing research-based knowledge among those who work with and for children and those who influence children’s lives, we can more effectively prevent bullying. The World Anti-Bullying Forum serves as a place for dialogue among researchers, practitioners, stakeholders, and decision makers.