Targeting Teens in Prevention of Gender Violence

Buenos Aires, May 7, 2011 - "If I had only known that when I was young," or "if they had only told me" are just some of the statements made by many women who seek assistance at the centre for victims of gender violence set up by the local government in a town on the outskirts of the Argentine capital.The frequency with which women arriving at the centre expressed such sentiments eventually led to the creation of the Programme for the Prevention of Gender Violence among Adolescents in Tigre, a town north of Buenos Aires, to help youngsters be on the alert for red flags "The aim is to raise awareness about adolescents, both boys and girls, about gender roles, and to promote healthy ...

Redlamyc and Save the Children launch Protagonistas, a child participation initiative in Peru, Paraguay and El Salvador.

Asunción, 22 March 2011 - Under the title “Protagonistas: the participation of chidren and adolescents in the creation of more democratic and inclusive societies” , Redlamyc and Save the Children launched a new child participation Project in Asunción, Paraguay, on March 22nd last The aim of the Project is to actively engage Children and adolescents in the construction of more democratic and inclusive societies to prevent and fight the violation of children’s and adolescents’ rights.  It is expected that through this participation children and adolescents have a stronger capacity to uphold their right to effectively participate in those open decision-making spaces both at loca...

Niños y adolescentes piden mayor compromiso y cierran el Encuentro Suramericano

Asunción, Paraguay, 29 de abril de 2011 - Luego del trabajo intenso de la tarde, realizado mayormente en grupos,  concluyó la segunda jornada del encuentro sudamericano con el acto de cierre en el Grand Salón del Hotel Granados. Antes de la presentación del manifiesto de los niños, niñas y adolescentes, tomaron la palabra: Cecilia Anikama, en nombre de Marta Santos Pais RESG, Hans Lind,  director regional de Save The Children Suecia en representación del MMI, Marisa Graham de la Secretaría de la niñez de la Argentina, Ricardo González, director de Gabinete de la Secretaría Nacional de la Niñez y la Adolescencia, la Ministra Liz Torres de la Secretaría Nacion...

Seguridad ciudadana y violencia contra las niñas, niños y adolescentes involucrados en los Sistemas de Justicia

Artículo de opinión de la Dra. Marta Santos Pais, Representante Especial del Secretario General de Naciones Unidas sobre la violencia en contra de la Niñez, publicado en el diario paraguayo Última Hora el 28 de abril de 2011. En América Latina y el Caribe viven  108 millones de adolescentes entre 10 y 19 años, el 19% de la población total de la región; muchos de ellos carecen de acceso a una educación de buena calidad; a la atención de la salud básica, al apoyo en materia de discapacidad y salud mental, y a espacios que les den oportunidades de participar plenamente en sus comunidades. A pesar de estos datos, las preocupaciones sociales parecen merecer una atención m...

Compromiso de los Estados para poner freno a la Violencia contra los niños, niñas y adolescentes

Acto inaugural Asunción – Paraguay. 28 de abril de 2011. En la mañana de hoy se realizó el acto inaugural del Primer Encuentro Sudamericano de Seguimiento al Estudio Mundial sobre Violencia contra los Niños y Niñas. Esta investigación presentada por Naciones Unidas en el 2006 revelaba la preocupante situación de los países de la región sobre el tema, a la vez de presentar recomendaciones a los Estados para lograr una prevención efectiva. A cinco años de su presentación, pocos han sido los avances en la implementación de estas recomendaciones. El Encuentro pretende monitorear los avances y fortalecer el compromiso político para el cumplimiento efectivo de dichas medidas, or...

UNICEF supports the reconstruction of schools in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 8 April 2011 – Reconstructing damaged or destroyed schools has been a UNICEF priority since last year's earthquake. It's one of the most effective ways of reintroducing normalcy to the shattered lives of children in this small Caribbean nation. Classes resumed at St. Gerard School last April with students crowding on to the stairs of an amphitheatre-like ad-hoc structure in one part of the schoolyard. "That situation lasted for about a month until after all the rubble had been removed and we could move the students into temporary school tents provided by UNICEF," says Sister Yola Norelus, the school's headmistress. Brick by brick Now, 11 months on, stude...

UNICEF takes the lead in Latin American Chapter

Latin America, 30 March 2011 - After a year of leading Plan International stepped down from the position of Latin American and Caribbean Chapter (MMI-CLAC) coordinator paving the way for the new member to take over. UNICEF has been chosen to take the steer of the chapter for the year 2011. The lead change has been announced at the Chapter’s last meeting held in Paraguay. Meeting participants expressed their gratitude for Plan’s hard and consistent work throughout the 2010 hoping for its continuance. Special thanks were given to Mónica Derer from Plan International who coordinated the efforts of the Secretariat – the Chapter’s executive body.Adriana Negry has taken over Mónica Dare...

Paraguay to host MMI-CLAC meeting on the UNVAC study

28 March 2011 - Convened by the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the GMC and the Instituto Interamericano del Niño (IIN), Paraguay will host a subregional meeting on the recommendations of the UNVAC study to discuss and spread their content as well as to set the basis for their effective implementation process at country level. The main aims of the gathering are the following: -    to analyse the progress made in the implmementaion of the recommendations in the regions.-    to share good practices in overcoming violence -    to discuss in depth those aspects of the recommendations highlighted by the SRSG -    to put forward...

Cochabamba Still Thirsty

La Paz, 22 March 2011 (Tierramérica) - There is still no apparent solution to the unsatisfied demand for drinking water in Cochabamba, 11 years after this central Bolivian city made international headlines with a popular uprising that halted the privatisation of water service.Only 326,504 people, representing 48 percent of the population of Cochabamba, have piped water service, and the poorest are forced to purchase drinking water at exorbitant prices.Meanwhile, sanitation service coverage extends to only 48 percent of the city’s inhabitants, according to the municipal drinking water and sanitation company, Servicio Municipal de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (SEMAPA).SEMAPA produces 20.6 ...

UNICEF officials work to combat child trafficking on Haiti's border

OUANAMINTHE, Haiti, 11 March 2011— Small dirt paths dot the lush and hilly landscape outside the town of Ouanaminthe, on Haiti's north-eastern border. It is just one of a number of remote crossings child traffickers use to smuggle children into the Dominican Republic.UNICEF is working with the Haitian government and non-governmental partners to combat child trafficking. As part of this, the United Nations police force (UNPOL) recently began patrolling these unofficial borders.The scale of the problem becomes evident while accompanying the police on patrol. Hundreds of miles of border are inaccessible by car, and a lack of resources limits UNPOL's foot patrols."It's a bigger problem than yo...

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