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Activity start: 1/1/2017 - Activity end: 12/31/2021
uring the last 15 years, there has been a concerted effort by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Education in cooperation with civil society agencies to provide medical, psychological and protection based services for children who experience physical and sexual abuse. However, these services have been treatment oriented and tend to increase during times of crisis (when funds are made available) and to fold in when the situation improves. Limited efforts have been put forth to change the national and cultural attitudes and practices that continue to condone and/or accept violence against children. The proposed program will address the systemic nature of violence (corporal punishment/physical and humiliating behaviors, physical and sexual abuse) against children by using the tools available within the country to engender change in parental, caregiver, teacher, and decision makers’ acceptance of such violations, ensuring that such violations are reported, documented, and addressed, and violators are held accountable, and by supporting positive discipline approaches within society.
The proposed program builds upon and complements other child protection programs. UNICEF is currently supporting government level capacity development with the MoSA and partners by addressing programs related to provision of services, adoption of protocols for referral of cases, network building, and provision of shelters for children. The proposed program will focus on prevention and awareness raising at a societal and community level (from children to parents to teachers and decision makers) that all forms of violence are not to be tolerated and that the government is responsible for ensuring child rights and protection. Hence, the proposed program will work with civil society actors to:
• Support increased awareness and understanding of child rights in general, child protection in specific, and the need to protect the most marginalized of children (those living in remote areas with limited access to services and children with disabilities)
• Ensure government adopts bylaws, policies and protocols are in effect that prevent violence in the home, school and community
• Raise awareness within society that corporal punishment/physical and sexual abuse will not be tolerated and are against the law and culturally inacceptable
• Enhance parental, teacher and caregiver knowledge and skills in positive discipline techniques
• Support the reporting, monitoring, documentation and referrals of children in need
This approach will be carried out in full cooperation and coordination with children who will provide information and guidance on negative life experiences (violence), best practices, and lead in reporting violations and supporting child rights strategies within the country. In addition, civil society actors will play an advocacy and lobbying role in changing the discourse and practices within society and the government (laws, policies, protocols) to ensure that the foundations for eliminating corporal punishment/humiliating behaviors, physical and sexual abuse of children are developed, and to support the adoption of positive discipline and accountability.