Paper angels and body- painting used by children and officials to spread
Chisinau, 4 June 2013: The Day of 4th of June started differently in Chisinau. A group of 25 children aged 5 to 15 years old, together with the Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family ,Valentina Buliga and UNICEF Representative in Moldova, Alexandra Yuster, have distributed paper angels to people to raise their awareness about children who suffer from violence and abuse. The event was organized on the ocasion of the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression marked on 4th of June.
The blue paper-angels had a key message: "Do not tolerate violence against children ". The message was addressed to parents, grandparents, relatives, neighbors and the entire community responsible for the protection and safety of children, urging them to find alternatives to physical aggression and to notify authorities when they know that a child is at risk of violence.
At the event, officials and children were also involved in a body painting workshop titled "Childhood has different sides, let’s discover the sad ones too." The images painted on faces and hands showed the impact of violence on children - tears, pain, sorrow. Some children had printed positive messages - joy and happiness - to convey harmonious education practices.
According to UNICEF statistics in Moldova 16% of children under one year are beaten by their parents, and every second child aged 1 to 7 years experienced domestic violence. However, only 8 percent of parents believe that a person who struck a child should be reported to the police.
The Flash-mob dedicated to the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression was organized in the context of a broader campaign to promote zero tolerance towards violence against children held by the Government with the support of national and international partners.
The action took place in the Public Garden "Stefan cel Mare" in the city center, in a playground for children and was organized by the Youth Media Centre in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and UNICEF Moldova.
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