31 March 2024

Courage over fear: Surviving child abuse and violence

In Barishal Sadar's Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) Industrial Zone, the harsh realities of poverty weigh heavily on its residents, where marginalized families struggle to make ends meet. In the face of poverty, many families cannot provide the basic needs for their children, leaving them vulnerable to the perils of an…, Empowering vulnerable children and adolescents, Responding to this pressing need, UNICEF, jointly with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), initiated the Sports for Development (S4D) programme for vulnerable children and adolescents. It serves as a beacon of hope for these children, keeping them away from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect in an otherwise bleak landscape. The S4D…, Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy development and resilience against harmful practices like child abuse and gender violence., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy development and resilience against harmful practices like child abuse and gender violence., Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy development and resilience against harmful practices like child abuse and gender violence., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy development and resilience against harmful practices like child abuse and gender violence. Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy…, Self-defense for a stronger tomorrow, ‘May it be in this country or any other location in the world, everywhere children and adolescents face challenges - especially if they are subjected to harassment or abuse,’ says 23-year-old trainer, Nawrin Akter Tinny. ‘Girls are more vulnerable in such cases because they are easy targets for abusers and assaulters. Learning basic self-defense…, In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports, offering a glimmer of hope in the darkest of times., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports, offering a glimmer of hope in the darkest of times., In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports, offering a glimmer of hope in the darkest of times., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports, offering a glimmer of hope in the darkest of times. In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports,…, Transforming vulnerability into courage, The S4D programme has made significant strides in reaching out to the community in Barishal. Four dedicated trainers, assisted by Community Mobilizers (CMs) and Community Facilitators (CFs), trained 100 participants for four days, of which 70% are girls.  With their assistance, parents, community members, and caregivers are now encouraged to…
19 June 2023

Painting with purpose

The narrow, muddy alleyways of Korail slum in Dhaka lead to a small room packed with about 40 children. The mood inside this room with tin walls is happy and cheerful, oblivious to the otherwise gloomy surroundings. Nine-year-old Mim and her friends watch a series of images projected on the wall. Pictures from Bangladesh – fishermen in a boat,…, This fun, interactive art session helps to bring more children to the hubs and connect them to critical services., UNICEF/UN0851640/Mawa Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., UNICEF/UN0851635/Mawa Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., UNICEF/UN0851645/Mawa This fun, interactive art session helps to bring more children to the hubs and connect them to critical services. Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself. Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself. Linda Valente Da Silva Acouri, a…, An unusual but effective tool, The art exercise in the community hub has been commissioned by UNICEF and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to make the hubs welcoming, draw more children in to access social services and to help the children to feel a sense of ownership as they work with the artist to express themselves and brighten up the space. “Prior to each…, Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., UNICEF/UN0851646/Mawa Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., UNICEF/UN0851644/Mawa Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., UNICEF/UN0851639/Mawa Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub. Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub. Bright colours, happy faces: As children…, Scaling up solutions to protect children, Linda and the VACW coordinators have trained 70 local artists, taking them through how she gets children to open up and participate during the art sessions. Together, she and the local artists have now engaged about 50,000 children in 700 community hubs across Bangladesh, focusing on underprivileged children. Although they live right in the heart…, In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0851638/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0855634/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0851642/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0851643/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that…
03 May 2023

“My mother got married when she was just 13 and she did not want that life for me”

“My mother got married when she was just 13 and she did not want that life for me,” says Tahmina. “I am the eldest of my siblings, but I would have had an older brother. He died just as he was born, because my mother was too young to have a baby,” she says. Yet six months back, this 16-year-old girl from Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar district in…, Poverty driving child marriage, 16-year-old Tahmina with her siblings. Bangladesh 16-year-old Tahmina with her siblings. Unable to pay her school fees, Tahmina’s parents almost married her off earlier this year. The struggle to make ends meet made Tahmina’s parents decide to marry off their daughter just as she was about to start Grade 10. The family did not have the money to…, A widespread social evil, Tahmina has been a peer leader at the Child Protection Community Hub since 2022. She talks to other children about child marriage and child labour to raise awareness. These hubs, run by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs with support from UNICEF and the European Union, are open to all children and adolescents in the community. Over a…, Defying harmful norms, Tahmina at home, studying. Her mother, Arefa, says she will do all she can to support her children to get educated. Tahmina at home, studying. Her mother, Arefa, says she will do all she can to support her children to get educated. For a little while, things were tense between Tahmina and her parents. “I was mad at them for a while and they were…