Advocacy, Information and Social Policy Programme
The Government of Ukraine has developed a number of national policies and programmes to benefit children. However, implementation mechanisms and budgetary allocations for these efforts are often inefficient and insufficient.
Policy making is not always well informed due to a lack of data and inadequate analysis. Furthermore, children have little opportunity to participate in political decisions that affect their lives and well being.
Action: Improving the situation of children in Ukraine through more effective policies, improved child rights monitoring and increased participation
UNICEF Ukraine implements a programme called Advocacy, Information and Social Policy. This involves working with the government and civil society and media to help develop child-friendly policies and norms, establish a transparent and efficient monitoring system for child rights and empower young people to get to know and enjoy their rights.
To achieve these goals the following activities are being implemented:
With UNICEF support, four local administrations in western Ukraine have established Child Advisory Councils to advise the local government on issues concerning children and youth.
With assistance from UNICEF, six cities are working towards the introduction of the Child Friendly City governance model.
UNICEF promoted ethical media reporting through adopting and sharing with the Ukrainian journalists the “The Media and Children’s Rights Handbook” and 50 non-governmental organisations to promote child rights.
UNICEF regularly conducts information campaigns among general public to raise awareness on the importance on protecting rights of children, especially the most vulnerable children and families, in Ukraine.