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Changing attitudes towards people with disabilities
NEW YORK, United States of America, 3 December 2012 - Stigma, ignorance, neglect, superstition and communication barriers are among the social factors that explain the discrimination and isolation from society that children with disabilities face.

Statement by UNICEF Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and on its 20th anniversary let us call attention to the importance of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, and children in particular and to mobilise support

UNICEF welcomes municipal commitment to sustain investments in multicultural youth programmes in Struga
At an event to mark the official hand over of the Youth Centre in Struga, Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative welcomed the renewed commitment of the Municipality of Struga and implementing NGO partner, Forum ZFD to finance the operations of the Struga

Call to action to end placing children under three in institutions gains momentum
Eastern European and Central Asian governments are joining forces to boost a growing movement to support vulnerable families and end placing children under three in institutions.

On Universal Children's Day, look to the future, says UNICEF
On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF issued a new research paper highlighting global demographic shifts forecast for the coming generation of children that present major challenges to policy makers and planners.

UNICEF and EU Rapporteur recognise good practices in inclusive and integrated education
During his November visit to the country, Mr Richard Howitt, member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Rapporteur for the country’s EU accession, visited a local primary school to discuss the importance of inclusive education, and learn more about prog

Members of Parliament learn firsthand about effective models for delivering pre-school services
Members of the Parliamentary Working Group on the Rights of the Child – a group established within the Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Social Affairs and represented by all major political parties – joined by the representatives from the Ministry of

UN to mark the First International Day of the Girl Child focusing on early marriage
Today marks the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child, designated by the United Nations as a day to promote the rights of girls, and to address the unique challenges that they face.

UNICEF welcomes Government endorsement of National Strategy for Prevention of Violence in Schools
Speaking at a local primary school, the Minister of Education and Science, Mr Pance Kralev and the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Mr Spiro Ristovski, together with the mayor of the municipality of Gazi Baba and the UNICEF Representative

UNICEF welcomes municipal commitment to sustain investments in multicultural youth programmes
At an event to mark the official hand over of the Youth Centre in Kicevo, Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative welcomed the renewed commitment of the Municipality of Kicevo and implementing NGO partner, Forum ZFD to finance the operations of the Centre

Diverse countries are making rapid progress in child survival – UNICEF report
Countries across the world are making rapid progress in reducing child deaths, demonstrating that it is possible to radically reduce child mortality over the span of two decades, a UNICEF report says today

Make Breastfeeding easier for mothers, says UNICEF
On the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF says strong national policies supporting breastfeeding could prevent the deaths of around 1 million children under five in the developing world each year.

Recent adoption reforms are producing results for children’s right to a family
The Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Mr Spiro Ristovski and the UNICEF Representative, Mr Sheldon Yett today visited one of the six workshops for Center for Social Work professionals on the new adoption procedures.

UNICEF supported NGO coalitions presented annual reports on the status of implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Child
Leading civil society organizations presented their independent findings and recommendations of their reports on the situation of children in the country , and the status of the country’s implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of t

UNICEF calls for expansion of comprehensive early childhood programmes for Roma children to address continuing social exclusion
At a regional conference on “Early Childhood Development and Quality Education for Roma”, organized by the Government under its current presidency of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015, UNICEF called for increased investment of core governmental servi

Youth express their views on violence free schools in the media
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners from the Ministry of Education and Science and School of Journalism and Public Relations announced the winners of the "Express yourself through the media" competition.

National public health experts call for action to improve the nutrition status of women and children
After three days of sharing information, discussion, and deliberation at a UNICEF and Ministry of Health supported National Workshop on Anemia and Nutrition, medical professionals and public health experts agreed on the need for additional investments

“Express yourself through the media” competition inspires secondary school children to be part of the solution for making schools free of violence
The School of Journalism and Public Relations today joined UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Science supported campaign to challenge the acceptance of “violent” ways of communication

EU and UNICEF support National Conference on “Achievements, Gaps and the Way Forward in Justice for Children Reform”
The final national conference of the EU-funded and UNICEF co-funded and implemented “Justice for Children” project was held today.

EU and UNICEF supported conference on the role of municipalities in preventing juvenile delinquency
On Friday, 23 March 2012 as part of the European Union (EU) funded project and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) co-funded and implemented “Justice for Children” Project, a Conference on the role of local councils in preventing juvenile delinquency

Governments urged to ensure inclusive early childhood programmes for Roma children to address continuing social exclusion
Young Roma children are being denied access to health services, child protection interventions and preschool education opportunities because of systematic discrimination, according to a report launched today on the situation of Roma children

Strumica School Children Speak out against Violence in Schools
Parents and children, teachers, civil society representatives and local government officials, as well as representatives of the municipal education department and UNICEF together watched a new play addressing the issues of violence in schools

Parliamentarians call for a need to improve programmes and services for children in conflict with the law
At a meeting to adopt the final conclusions from a recent field visit, parliamentarians – members of a Child Rights Working Group established within the Parliamentary Committee for Labour and Social Policy

United on the need to improve legislation and its enforcement to better protect children in conflict and contact with the law
Parliamentarians, government officials, professionals working with children in the justice system and civil society representatives came together at a parliamentary public hearing to discuss the justice for children legal framework.

 

 
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