Placing children at the heart of society, every day of the year
BISHKEK, 1 June - Kyrgyzstan becomes a country where the stuff of dreams can come true – today children enjoy free ice creams and concerts.
International Child Protection Day is marked in Kyrgyzstan with a series of events during which children are showered with free gifts.
The day starts with crowds of children gathering in parks, enjoying their free ice creams while listening to concerts. Many organizations support this event by donating gifts to children’s institutions and hospitals. The media publish articles praising the charity and generosity.
The purpose of UNICEF’s campaign, “2 June”, organised in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Department of Social Development and Information, is to promote the idea that children ought to be given love, care and protection every single day.
Too many children are “invisible”, excluded and thus vulnerable and abused during the other 364 days a year– in particular working children, children living on the street, children with disabilities, and institutionalized children. Thousands of children are compelled to work to earn their living, becoming the “breadwinners” of their families. Working children have become a common phenomenon.
The campaign raises children’s voices: “We need your love, care and protection every single day of the year”. Following the “2 June” spirit, UNICEF works in close collaboration with the Government and the civil society to help ensure the protection and fulfilment of the rights all children in Kyrgyzstan every day.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For more information, please contact:
Galina Solodunova, Communication Officer, UNICEF Kyrgyz Republic
Ulan Dubanaev, Communication Assistant, UNICEF Kyrgyz Republic