Tajikistan launches a Safe and Friendly Dushanbe Campaign
DUSHANBE, 16 November 2012- Dushanbe launches a campaign to promote a safer and friendlier city, developed in the framework of the global Safe and Friendly Cities for All programme. Safe and Friendly Dushanbe is a joint initiative of UNICEF, UN Habitat and UN Women under the leadership of the Mayor of Dushanbe.
The Safe and Friendly Cities for All Program is being implemented in Greater Beirut (Lebanon), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Metro Manila (Philippines), Marrakesh (Morocco), Nairobi (Kenya), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), San Jose (Costa Rica) and Tegucigalpa (Honduras).
"Participation of Dushanbe city in this global programme reflects the commitment of our capital to make our city a safer place for all. This initiative gives us an opportunity to show the possibilities of Dushanbe to promote the protection of women, children and young people of the city," said Shahlo Juraeva, Director of Women's Centre in Dushanbe.
A schoolgrl asking questions during the meeting of children with representatives of local authorities.
The Safe and Friendly Dushanbe campaign runs in parallel with the annual, global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Both campaigns finish on December 10, which marks International Human Rights Day.
Mavzuna Chorieva, London Olympics bronze medalist, has agreed to be the face of the Safe and Friendly Dushanbe campaign. Mirsaid Yakhyaev, president of National Taekwondo Federation and a new member of a global network of male leaders aiming to prevent violence against women and girls, is also supporting the campaign.
The Safe and Friendly Dushanbe campaign involves a number of different activities including:
The Safe and Friendly Dushanbe campaign starts on Saturday 17 November, with an event celebrating the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, during which representatives of local authorities will meet with about 200 children aged 12 to 18. The event takes place in the Children’s Park (Detskiy Yunosheskiy Centre) at 11 AM. The topics for discussion include violence-free schools and safety on the roads, especially around schools.
“Cities are growing rapidly around the world and children and youth face special challenges in an urban context. Dushanbe is no exception” says Mr Arthur van Diesen, UNICEF Deputy Representative, on the eve of the campaign. “We welcome our partnership with Dushanbe city and hope to contribute to make it a safer, friendlier and socially just place for children and all citizens”.
About Safe and Friendly Cities for All Programme
The Safe and Friendly Cities for All Programme is a five-year program aims at making women and children feel safer in their neighbourhoods and improving their quality of life. It reflects the efforts of the partners to increase safety, reduce violence and improve quality of life for women, youth and children in urban settings. The program supports and facilitates partnership between local authorities and women, youth, and children’s groups and aims to provide an opportunity to achieve improved living conditions for all community members through the empowerment of women, youth and children by strengthening inclusive local government systems, making budgeting and policy decisions to their needs and creating advocacy platforms for the fulfilment of their rights.
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