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UNICEF to partner with the community to reduce violence against children

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Violence is on the rise in our nation and several children have been caught in the crossfire of the gun violence.  Today, Love News spoke with Luwani Cayetano, the Child Protection Officer at UNICEF, who shared about an initiative that they are embarking on in order to keep our children safe.

Luwani Cayetano, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF: “As Unicef one of the things that we do in terms of responses to violence is we really advocate that all of us need to get involved in ending violence against children and so that is why we’ve come together as Unicef with all our partners to think about what are some additional strategies to end violence against children. What approaches can we use when we’re thinking about children in communities and how we make those communities safer and so one of those things that we have is call that I think you have seen already. A call for proposal’s and it’s to groups and teams that are working at community level who have a stake, who are involved in ending violence against children and have been doing that at community level, have been doing that in their churches, have been doing that with indigenous groups and so it’s an opportunity for them to respond to this call for proposals. Some of the approaches can be about if its talking about ending physical abuse so how do we change people’s attitudes and norms towards abuse, how do we make sure that we have alternative spaces for children so that they don’t get involved in gun violence, how do we make sure that if you know children have experienced gun violence how do work with families who are grieving that loss to make sure that they feel safe and protected in these communities and that they can give back to these communities in a positive way so in the call for proposals you’ll see a variety of different approaches responding to different kinds of violence in communities with the understanding that we know they are different organizations doing different things that may be able to apply and can implement any of the approaches.”

The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development is partnering with UNICEF in this initiative. Kerry Belisle, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development said that the initiative that UNICEF is embarking on is in line with the Child-Friendly Municipalities, a project that is ongoing to ensure that children’s needs are being met.

 

Luwani Cayetano, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF: “As Unicef one of the things that we do in terms of responses to violence is we really advocate that all of us need to get involved in ending violence against children and so that is why we’ve come together as Unicef with all our partners to think about what are some additional strategies to end violence against children. What approaches can we use when we’re thinking about children in communities and how we make those communities safer and so one of those things that we have is call that I think you have seen already. A call for proposal’s and it’s to groups and teams that are working at community level who have a stake, who are involved in ending violence against children and have been doing that at community level, have been doing that in their churches, have been doing that with indigenous groups and so it’s an opportunity for them to respond to this call for proposals. Some of the approaches can be about if its talking about ending physical abuse so how do we change people’s attitudes and norms towards abuse, how do we make sure that we have alternative spaces for children so that they don’t get involved in gun violence, how do we make sure that if you know children have experienced gun violence how do work with families who are grieving that loss to make sure that they feel safe and protected in these communities and that they can give back to these communities in a positive way so in the call for proposals you’ll see a variety of different approaches responding to different kinds of violence in communities with the understanding that we know they are different organizations doing different things that may be able to apply and can implement any of the approaches.”

Any organization that is working towards ending violence against children can apply and the deadline is April 20.

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