UNICEF, UNFPA and Medica Zenica Mark International Women’s Day with the launch of a New Project to address violence
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|Multi-sectoral approach to combating domestic violence - a training organized by Medica|
UNICEF and Medica have been collaborating in combating violence since 2001. The Medica’s shelter for victims of domestic violence and a consultant were supported from 2004 to 2006 with funds from the Government of Norway.
Over a five-year period, UNICEF has supported the training of 750 professionals from the social work, police, health, judiciary, media and NGO sectors in 63 municipalities. Last year, UNICEF supported the BIH Government in preparing a national report on violence as its contribution to the UN Global Study on Violence Against Children.
In its report, The State of the World’s Children 2007, UNICEF highlighted the discrimination and disempowerment that women and girls face throughout their lives; outlined what must be done to empower them; and called for investment in women’s rights in order to produce a ‘double dividend’—advancing the rights of both women and children.
UNICEF’s report shows that, even if children are not direct victims of family violence, witnessing the violence can have severe implications on children’s development, health, their ability to learn or even their willingness to attend school. Boys coming from violent families are twice as likely to be violent men compared to their peers from non-violent families. Girls whose mothers experienced violence are more likely to accept violence from their spouses when they grow up.
UNFPA has been collaborating with a number of women’s NGOs in advancing the rights of women to a life free of violence. UNFPA efforts have been directed toward the elimination of all forms of violence against women, especially sexual gender-based violence, and fulfilling the reproductive health rights of women.
UNFPA and Medica represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Brussels International Symposium on Sexual Gender Based Violence in Conflict and Beyond in 2006, where they committed to future cooperation and the improvement of the position of women in the country, in order to achieve the Brussels Call for Zero Tolerance to Violence.
UNICEF is on the ground in 155 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 further information, please contact:
Nela Kacmarcik, Phone: +387 33 723 300, Mob: +387 61 192 084