18 December 2023

Assess yourself with Mídete and change things up for nonviolence

If there’s one word that’s inherently linked to Mídete, a Cuban campaign against violence in childhood and adolescence, it is CHANGE: “The act, process or result of changing. Relating to the transformation of something or someone”. We are talking about changes that are more than necessary when 41.6% of a total of 8,603 children and adolescents…, Assess yourself with Mídete for change, The didactic, educational and communication resources proposed by a campaign such as Mídete support processes of social and behavioral change, while questioning people and their indifference, acceptance or naturalization of violent practices in the upbringing of children and adolescents. They question the tolerance to online violence and its…, Allies for change, In the course of the Mídete campaign, projects have been identified that focus their actions on educational and recreational activities for children and adolescents; others accompany families in their upbringing dynamics. Contacting their coordination and work teams and exchanging on the campaign’s axes has resulted in a fruitful union. Some of…, Tu taller, This is a Local Development Project based in Havana that, from the perspective of the visual arts, connects children with issues of their interest. At its headquarters, they organized a creative workshop under the Mídete call for the production of animated videos using the stop motion technique, in which the participating children identify…, Golden Kids, This Local Development Project dedicated to education in entrepreneurship during childhood has strengthened its partnerships with the Mídete campaign through events, participatory actions and workshops. The gender and inclusion approach runs across the design of their activities, so it is very practical for them to reflect the themes of the…, Reaching the communities, In accordance with the theory of change set out in the Mídete campaign, the strategies, channels or ways for convening and feedback have been diversified and complemented. This has made it possible to influence more children, adolescents, parents, other caregivers and key actors in the participatory processes that promote respectful upbringing and…, Small changes that mobilize, At the gates of its final stage, Mídete is approaching a crucial moment of learning to promote changes that benefit the well-being and development of children and adolescents in Cuba. Alliances, meeting spaces, an increasingly diverse voice and, above all, the generation and socialization of evidence are essential to address such a complex and…
08 November 2023

Prevention of child sexual abuse

What is sexual abuse?, Child sexual abuse is mediated by an unequal power relationship involving a child or adolescent as victim and an adult or peer as aggressor. It is a social and health problem and a violation of children’s rights. It affects, especially, the right to decide about their body and sexuality, the right to respect for privacy and intimacy and the right…, What can be done to avoid these situations?, It is essential to promote children and adolescents’ self-knowledge of the body and its different parts, including private parts, so that they know how to name them appropriately. It will help them to distinguish the types of caresses, the emotions and feelings they provoke: embarrassment, joy, anguish, fear, delight, displeasure and pleasure. To…, Assess yourself in the face of child sexual abuse, Evaluate your practices for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. Award one point for each positive response: -You pay attention to the signs you identify in the child or adolescent in your care that may indicate discomfort or that something is not right. -You apply non-sexist upbringing guidelines to avoid traditional behaviors, roles…, Now check your answers!, - I educate, love and share a violence-free space: Congratulations if you managed to score 10 or 11 points, it is a sign that you contribute to preventing and acting against child sexual abuse. - I have to make adjustments: if your score is between 5 and 9 points, consider what you need to incorporate in your daily educational or parenting…, Publications about Prevention of child sexual abuse, Multimedia, Características del abuso sexual infantil Características del abuso sexual infantil UNICEF Cuba A dónde dirigirse en caso de acoso o abuso sexual infantil A dónde dirigirse en caso de acoso o abuso sexual infantil UNICEF Cuba Efectos del abuso sexual infantil Efectos del abuso sexual infantil UNICEF Cuba Mitos sobre el abuso sexual infantil Mitos…, Prevention of child sexual abuse on Social Media,    
16 August 2023

Project “Strengthening of the health capacities for the COVID-19 crisis”

The project “Strengthening health capacity for the COVID-19 crisis” is implemented by UNICEF Cuba, with funding of 2,018,570 US dollars, from the Government of Japan and the participation of the Cuban authorities.  The collaborative actions of this project are aimed at guaranteeing human security, by supporting the health system, the vaccination…, Results achieved by the project   , Supplies for strengthening healthcare institutions in the 7 target provinces of the project: Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas, Camagüey, Pinar del Río, Guantánamo, Granma, plus the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud. Benefited institutions: 255 polyclinics, 14 maternity and child care hospitals, and vaccination centers established by…, Equipment for strengthening the cold chain (Expanded Vaccination Program), 447 prequalified refrigerators certified by the WHO for vaccine preservation. 1863 temperature control devices. 1200 thermos refrigerators with their ice packs. 2 freezers for CIGB and IFV laboratories, associated with vaccine production., Equipment for strengthening Maternal and Child Health Program (PAMI), 1 state-of-the-art ambulance, intended to enhance timely care for critical maternity cases (serving 3 of the 7 target provinces). 6 high-performance ultrasounds for pediatric and obstetric hospitals in Havana (5) and Pinar del Río (1)., Disposable material, 5,900,000 syringes with needles. 800 safety boxes for syringe disposal. 1070 dispensers of hydroalcoholic solution. 3600 gallons of hydroalcoholic solution. Approximately 10,000 healthcare workers will benefit from the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 26,000 LED luminaires for polyclinics and hospitals., Professional capacity strengthening, 60 healthcare professionals from all provinces of the country (specializing in neonatology) update, share, and expand their technical capabilities and knowledge about neonatal care for preterm (premature) and critically ill newborns in the context of COVID-19. 63 healthcare professionals from all provinces of the country participate in a workshop…, Press releases, Multimedia, Provinces benefited by the project Provinces benefited by the project UNICEF Cuba 447 refrigerators prequalified by the World Health Organization delivered 447 refrigerators prequalified by the World Health Organization delivered UNICEF Cuba 1,200 thermos coolers delivered with their icepacks 1,200 thermos coolers delivered with their icepacks…, Alejandro Cuervo and his son, Christian Suarez Evyan Guerra and his daughters Evyan Guerra and his daughters, Evyan Guerra and his daughters, Christian Suarez Actor Marlon Pijuan Actor Marlon Pijuan, Actor Marlon Pijuan, Christian Suarez Actress Claudia Alvarino (Muma) with her children Actress Claudia Alvarino (Muma) with her children, Actress Claudia Alvarino (Muma) with her children, Christian Suarez 60 participants in workshops on vaccine-preventable diseases 60 participants in workshops on vaccine-preventable diseases UNICEF Cuba 45 participants in national pediatrics workshop 45 participants in national pediatrics workshop UNICEF Cuba Actress Flora Borrego Actress Flora Borrego, Actress Flora Borrego, Christian Suarez The photographer, actress and model May Reguera with her husband and son The photographer, actress and model May Reguera with her husband and son, The photographer, actress and model May Reguera with her husband and son, Christian Suarez The actress Maikel Amelia and her daughter The actress Maikel Amelia and her daughter, The actress Maikel Amelia and her daughter, Christian Suarez The actress Alicia Echeverria The actress Alicia Echeverria, The actress Alicia Echeverria, Christian Suarez Provinces benefited by the project 447 refrigerators prequalified by the World Health Organization delivered 1,200 thermos coolers delivered with their icepacks 1 state-of-the-art ambulance delivered to care for pregnant women in critical condition Delivered 6 high-performance ultrasounds located in pediatric and maternity…, Social Media,   El proyecto "Fortalecimiento de la capacidad sanitaria para la crisis COVID-19" tuvo su taller de cierre. El Embajador de Japón, Hirata Kenji, agradeció a UNICEF y @MINSAPCuba por resultados que apoyan proceso de vacunación y la atención a emergencias pediátricas #UNICEFTHXJAPAN pic.twitter.com/1r09qkjgUO — UNICEF Cuba (@UNICEFCuba) March 15,…
17 February 2023

Learn how to respond to violence

Searching for solutions is a daring, changing, provocative way of responding to a problem, of bringing it face to face with its end, of ceasing to avoid it or beat around the bush, of wiping it off the map once and for all. How wonderful it would be to do it with bullying! How much peace children, adolescents, families and teachers would have if…, Displays of violence practiced by adolescents in the school environment, The first observation in the approach to these adolescents revealed that, although bullying is the English word used for school harassment exercised by peers or teachers, which encompasses dimensions such as physical, psychological, technological and sexual, in Cuba the term is used to refer to teasing, humiliation and mockery, known in Cuban…, How they react to violence and how they would like to respond, When faced with an action/reaction exercise in situations of violence at school, the adolescents responded, almost in their entirety, with an aggressive gesture. If they hit me, I hit back; if they yell at me, I yell; if they laugh at me, I punch them; if they make fun of me in front of people, I yell insults at them. One of the adolescent girls…, Other solutions suggested in the four workshops:  , Communicating better in order to avoid a violent situation, or finding ways for aggressors and their victims to talk and understand each other. Helping aggressors to change, to reflect on the harm they cause to others, to put themselves in the place of others, of those who are the victims of this violence. Remaining calm and in control of our…
17 January 2022

Another year to grow without violence

Before the start of COVID-19 in Cuba, women devoted a weekly average of 14 hours more than men to non-remunerated housework (ENIG, 2016). They have taken on most of the extra burden within homes by caring for families during the pandemic and are also the ones who can be more vulnerable to male chauvinist violence in a context of isolation.…, Karen Alcázar Noda, 16 , Gender issues are familiar for Karen. She has observed the growing leadership of her mother and other Christian women congregated at the Presbyterian Church in her hometown of Los Palos, in Nueva Paz, Mayabeque province. “Most of what we learn is by imitation or because of what we hear and is customary”, she says. More recently, she has witnessed…, Valia Melissa Massip, 15, Valia lives in the municipality of Jiguaní, in Granma. This province in the east of Cuba has the second-highest rate of adolescent fertility in the country (68.8 in 2018). Relevant studies confirm that some families force their daughters to get married if they have sexual relations for the first time or become pregnant. Family pressure, social…, Dagmar López Albelo, 17, Mídete puts no limits on the capacity of adolescents to appropriate the campaign and amplify its messages and initiatives. Proof of this can be offered by Dagmar, who lives in La Sierpe, in the province of Sancti Spíritus. At the Camilo Cienfuegos Pre-University Institute, where she studies, activities were organized on the closing of the Week for…