30 November 2023

Combatting gender-based violence across Europe and Central Asia

Gender based violence  can involve physical, psychological, sexual, and economic harm inflicted particularly on women and girls. The consequences of this violence are both visible and hidden and can result in long-lasting physical and emotional impacts. Gender-based violence is a pervasive public health issue, and is both a consequence of and…, Moldova, In Ungheni, Moldova, three girls have become champions of non-violence at school while advocating for girls' rights. Earlier this year, UNICEF supported Ionela and Bianca to conduct information sessions on violence against children and combating gender stereotypes for teenagers from their secondary school. Ionela is the head of the Bullying and…, Türkiye, In 2023, the European Union supported UNICEF with EUR 4 million to expand services helping to protect children and adolescents in Türkiye. This funding enabled UNICEF to expand programmes dedicated to  prevention, risk mitigation and response of  GBV reaching  65,000 children and adolescents. Türkiye remains home to the largest refugee population…, Bosnia and Herzegovina, In Bosnia and Herzegovina, girls are boldly raising their voices against inequality. Around the world, girl-led movements are advocating for their fundamental rights including ending  child marriage and female genital mutilation, demanding action on climate change, and trail-blazing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM…
25 April 2023

Evaluation of UNICEF’s response to support the influx of refugees from Ukraine

Following eight years of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, at dawn on 24 February 2022, the Russian Federation launched a military incursion across the country. The event displaced millions in search of safety, protection, and humanitarian assistance, creating the fastest growing refugee emergency since World War II. By the end of March 2022,…, Meeting the needs and priorities of beneficiaries and stakeholders 1. UNICEF adopted a twin-track approach to expanding its country presence, undertaking strategic advocacy and negotiation at national level in parallel with programmatic activity on the ground. Its strategic narrative of the Child Protection dimensions of the crisis was…, Conclusions , Overall, the evaluation finds that UNICEF’s response to the regional refugee crisis was swiftly executed, effective and appropriate for context. Prioritising response delivery through national systems and placing the ‘best interests of [every] child’ at the heart of the response, helped built its reputation as a principled and impartial actor.…, Recommendations, Corporate, Extend links to political and security intelligence systems. Review UNICEF’s emergency response model for middle- and high-income settings/protracted crises. (in line with findings from the Humanitarian Review and COVID-19 evaluation) Build emergency capacity across UNICEF, including for national staff in contexts with low emergency propensity.…, Regional, At regional level, interpret the CCCs for this context. Generate a clear corporate statement and position on gender in the response. (in line with the Humanitarian Review) Centralise lesson learning in the response, building on the coordination meetings now being held. Build emergency preparedness, geared to an ethos of systems-strengthening into…, Evaluation of UNICEFs Response to Support the Influx of Refugees from Ukraine Final Report | March 2023 ii Evaluation of UNICEFs Response to Support the Influx of Refugees from Ukraine | Final Report, 2023 The statements in this publication are the views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies or the views of UNICEF. The…
19 May 2022

Preventing and Countering Trafficking in Human Beings

Context, Over 7 million refugees from Ukraine were recorded across Europe, as of 30 August 2022 , making it the largest refugee crisis since World War II and its aftermath. It has also been one of the swiftest exodus ever seen. Most of the people fleeing Ukraine are women, children and vulnerable persons, who are the ideal potential victims for criminal…, Capacity Building Trainings, Moldova, 23-27 May The twin objectives of the training were – i) building knowledge, and ii) enhancing skills -through a participatory learning approach.   3 Different Groups of actors will be trained in Moldova  1. Border Police — 23-25 May — This training focused on rapid screening and identification of those ‘at-risk’ of trafficking / victims of…, Slovakia, April 4-14, 2022 — Evaluation of the Border Police training in Vyšné Nemecké  UNICEF has been supporting Ministry of Interior and Law enforcement authorities and the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Slovak Republic with a training on the prevention and response to child trafficking and exploitation and child-sensitive communication. The main…, Practical Guide on identification of victims and persons at-risk of trafficking in human beings, The Practical Guide on Identification of Victims/Persons ‘At-Risk’ of Trafficking in Human Beings for frontline responders aims to provide basic information to those most likely to encounter trafficked persons/ those ‘at-risk’ of trafficking and to support the difficult task of identifying cases of trafficking in human beings. The Practical Guide…