Montenegro launches the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) on the situation of children and women in the country
PODGORICA, 16 June 2014 - Montenegro is the first country in the world to launch the fifth generation of the MICS survey.
UNICEF, Statistical Office and Government of Montenegro presented on Monday the key findings of the 2013 MICS survey, the biggest single source of internationally comparable data on children and women that are related to education, living conditions, social protection, and health.
Director of Montenegro’s Statistical Office, Ms Gordana Radojevic, the Minister
of Foreign Affairs, Mr Igor Luksic and UNICEF Montenegro Representative,
Mr Benjamin Perks, at the launching of the 2013 MICS in Podgorica in June
2014 - UNICEF Montenegro / Dusko Miljanic / 2014
According to UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks, progress has been made since the previous MICS survey was conducted in 2005.
“It is encouraging that that 94 percent of children age 3 to 6 years are developmentally on track and that almost all women in Montenegro, 99 per cent, deliver their babies in health facilities. Significant increase is shown in the percentage of children age 36-59 months who attend an organized early childhood education programme - from 28 per cent in 2005 to 40 per cent in 2013.” UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks pointed out.
However, there are still some areas that need improvement in relation to child protection, education and health.
“We are concerned by the low percentage of women starting to breastfeed in the first hour after delivery (14%) and continuing to exclusively breastfeed their baby during the first 6 months (17%)“ Perks highlighted and added that "the 2013 MICS shows that 69 percent of children age 1-14 years are subjected to at least one form of psychological or physical punishment by their parents or other adult household members during the month preceding the survey".
UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks talking about the 2013 Montenegro MICS key findings at a press conference in Podgorica in June 2014 - UNICEF Montenegro / Dusko Miljanic / 2014
Data on widespread violent child discipline is concerning, as this practice undermines the child’s self-confidence and harms the child’s trust in the parent.
Igor Luksic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, pointed out that "our common goal is to have healthy and educated generations, who grow up in a stable environment, aware of the values of the democratic, open and inclusive society in which everyone has equal rights and opportunities.“
The 2013 Montenegro MICS survey allows the country to make policies and reforms and to monitor and evaluate progress based on the reliable data.
Gordana Radojevic, Director of Montenegro’s Statistical Office, announced future steps: "We plan to organize five thematic workshops, as well as the closing round table, where the experts’ messages, defined at the thematic workshops, will be presented to the decision-makers. In order to promote the MICS survey, the results will be presented in all regions of the country."
In cooperation with the Government of Montenegro and the Statistical Office, UNICEF will support further analyses of the 2013 Montenegro MICS findings in order to improve Montenegro’s children lives.