Managua. – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nicaragua held a meeting with journalists, media communicators and directors, and members of the Child-friendly Network to present the child-rights advocacy initiatives to be developed throughout the year.
“The prevention of violence against children and early childhood development are priorities for UNICEF cooperation in Nicaragua,” stated Iván Yerovi, the UNICEF Representative in Nicaragua. “We invite you to work together to place them on the national agenda, because they should be priorities for the whole of society.”
Yerovi added that UNICEF has the global-level priority of focusing cooperation to respond to child migration resulting from violence, poverty, war and armed conflict, considering that a large number of children suffer many violations of their rights during the journey. He explained that this requires support from the media and other strategic allies.
“Super Dads” Campaign
UNICEF launched the “Super Dads” campaign in celebration of Father’s Day to encourage more fathers to play an active role in their children’s development. During June, fathers were invited to post photos and videos of themselves with their children during unforgettable moments, using the hashtag #LaPrimeraInfanciaImporta.
UNICEF specialist Dr. Rafael Amador presented the results of studies on early childhood development that reveal the importance of public investment in the first 1,000 days; of love, play and protection; and of good nutrition for the healthy development of children’s brains. “Early stimulation can be done with materials available at home, using creativity and imagination,” said Amador.
“It’s important for the campaign to not only focus on the fathers’ responsibility, but also on the shared responsibility of private business, the media, the institutions and the families,” stated Xanthis Suárez, Director of the Bolsa de Noticias news bulletin.
Training sessions for journalists to address violence in a respectful way
In the coming months, as part of the END VIOLENCE strategy, UNICEF will launch a campaign for the prevention of sexual abuse. The aim is to raise the population’s awareness of the issue through educational materials for children, parents and teachers to help them take measures for their protection. A song on this issue by Nicaraguan child-friendly artists will also be released.
Meanwhile, efforts will continue to enhance the capacities of communication professionals with respect to the journalistic treatment of violence against children, employing a systemic and human rights-based approach.
Other points addressed during the session included actions to strengthen the Child-friendly Network and it was announced that the results of the National Communication for Child Rights Competition will be revealed during the campaign’s launch.
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Olga Moraga, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Nicaragua firstname.lastname@example.org.