16 August 2023

Leaders for education

The Latin America and the Caribbean region is at a pivotal moment to build a prosperous future for the next generations, though this heavily depends on ensuring access to education for every child. UNICEF is seeking ambitious partners who, like us, understand that there is a rare opportunity to build on the momentum from the educational…, Together we can shape the future of Latin America and the Caribbean through education, With your support, we can ensure that all children and adolescents in the region can receive a relevant and quality education. Read more about UNICEF's work and programs at the three stages of the educational journey and how you can join here:, Early childhood education, Early learning opportunities are a centerpiece to ensuring all children develop their full potential in life. Early childhood education is essential for addressing the learning crisis, as it ensures that children are ready for school. Learn more about our approach and programmes, Accelerate foundational learning, Basic literacy, numeracy, and transferable skills are the cornerstones of learning and empower children and adolescents to access new knowledge, experiences and opportunities. Learn more about our approach and programmes, Skills for life and work, Adolescence is a time of transformation and a crucial window of opportunity. Adolescents need to develop the skills that will enable them to succeed in a complex world and succeed in school, work and life. Learn more about our approach and programmes Leave your mark, become our partner. Fill out my online form . If you cannot see or fill in this…
04 August 2023

Only 4 out of 10 children under 6 months in Latin America and the Caribbean are exclusively breastfed

PANAMA, 4 August 2023.- Recent UNICEF data shows that only 43 percent 1  of children under six months of age in Latin America and the Caribbean are exclusively breastfed, which is below the global average of 48 percent. And just 48 percent 2  of children aged between 12 and 23 months in the region receive continued breastfeeding, falling well…, Notes to the editors:, About UNICEF and Deloitte’s survey, In 2022, UNICEF and Deloitte S-Latam published the regional report “Qué están haciendo las empresas por la ninez y adolescencia?”, which presents the main actions implemented by surveyed companies operating in 13 countries in Latin America in favor of children and adolescents across three areas (workplace, marketplace, and community and…, About the World Breastfeeding Week, World Breastfeeding Week is held in the first week of August every year, supported by WHO, UNICEF, Ministries of Health, and civil society partners. This World Breastfeeding Week will focus on breastfeeding at the workplace, providing a strategic opportunity to advocate for essential maternity rights that support breastfeeding – paid maternity…, Notas para los editores:, Sobre Estudio de Deloitte y UNICEF, UNICEF y Deloitte S-Latam lanzaron en 2022 el informe regional denominado ¿Qué están haciendo las empresas por la niñez y adolescencia?, el cual hace un balance de las acciones que implementan las empresas en 13 países de América Latina a favor de niños, niñas y adolescentes en tres ámbitos (lugar de trabajo, mercado, y comunidad y medioambiente…, Sobre la semana de la lactancia materna, La Semana Mundial de la Lactancia Materna se celebra la primera semana de agosto de cada año, con el apoyo de la OMS, UNICEF y muchos Ministerios de Sanidad y socios de la sociedad civil. El tema de este año se centra en la promoción de la lactancia materna en el lugar de trabajo, brindando una oportunidad estratégica para defender los derechos…
03 August 2023

Breastfeeding in the workplace

Breastfeeding is key to ensuring the health and development of children and has lifelong benefits. Moreover, every dollar invested in promoting and supporting breastfeeding generates an estimated $35 in long-term economic returns.  However, in Latin America and the Caribbean, mothers still don’t get the support they need in the workplace to…, What does the data say?, A survey of 305 companies in Latin America and the Caribbean, conducted by UNICEF and Deloitte in 2022, found that:   Among large companies (a third of the companies surveyed):  70% focus on promoting breastfeeding through flexible breaks and reduced working hours for mothers.    68% have breastfeeding rooms.     39% have non-discrimination…, What we do in the region, UNICEF advocates with governments, companies and unions in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote breastfeeding in the workplace.   UNICEF organizes events, webinars and training aimed at raising awareness and educating on the importance of breastfeeding and the support needed for mothers, fathers and caregivers. UNICEF has also provided…, Bolivia, With the " Companies that Protect" initiative in Bolivia, UNICEF scaled up the care agenda, including breastfeeding, by collaborating with 38 companies. Through the initiative's digital platform, companies can access tools, guides and resources on breastfeeding, parenting and mental health. , Colombia, In Colombia, UNICEF partnered with Banco de Bogotá on the "First Steps" programme to promote breastfeeding and healthy family environments. This initiative became a good business practice and a reference for other companies. A guideline on breastfeeding in workplaces was also developed., El Salvador, In El Salvador, UNICEF supported the national government in developing  regulations on breastfeeding rooms in the workplace and guided the business sector on the requirements for their implementation. , Guatemala, In Guatemala, UNICEF promotes the Strategy for Midwives to Promote Breastfeeding with the Ministry of Health, which has graduated more than 3,200 midwives as breastfeeding promoters. As part of the Breastfeeding-Friendly Health Services Initiative, a course for health personnel was launched, also 16 hospitals and 22 health services have been…, Mexico, In Mexico, UNICEF worked with the Ministry of Labour and the private sector to produce a national guide and online courses on breastfeeding in the workplace. UNICEF also supported the development of a new regulation that promotes teleworking for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as a certificate for breastfeeding-friendly companies. These…, Paraguay, In Paraguay, UNICEF has trained 81 companies in the management and installation of breastfeeding rooms, as part of an ongoing awareness-raising and advocacy effort to improve family-friendly practices. , Dominican Republic, In the Dominican Republic, the " Dad all the time " campaign, developed by UNICEF in collaboration with the corporate sector, helped to improve breastfeeding and positive parenting rates in the country.  , Uruguay, In Uruguay, UNICEF has developed a series of research studies on family-friendly policies and the implementation of breastfeeding rooms in the workplace, as well as a guideline , to contribute to advocacy on these issues within the business sector. , Renewing Commitments, Una familia sentada junta mientras la madre da de lacctar Despite all these efforts made, the region is lagging behind on exclusive and continued breastfeeding . We must renew our joint commitments to ensure that mothers have the support they need in the workplace to breastfeed.  To achieve this, it’s essential to continue to expand the…, UNICEF's call to action,   UNICEF calls on governments, public institutions and the private sector to:    Provide parents sufficient paid parental leave to take care of their children.  This includes:    Ensuring paid maternity leave to provide adequate protection for breastfeeding for a minimum of 18 weeks, and preferably six months after childbirth.   Extending paid…, More to explore
31 July 2023

Business and children’s rights

Nowadays, the business sector affects everyone’s life, including children, whether as consumers, children of employees, digital platform users, or through their exposure to marketing and advertising, among others. Despite this, most companies in the region still do not consider children as a priority within their operations, leaving children-…, Resources:, Global CRBP's stocktaking report - Charting the Course Stock-taking report  (ENG y SPA) Presentation of the global CRBP's stocktaking report at the Global Compact 2022 Leaders' Summit: webinar webinar CRBP celebrated in the region: celebracion crbp en la region inglés video UNICEF – Deloitte S-Latam regional report on online survey to companies…, Solution, What has UNICEF done to get the business sector to further respect and promote children’s rights?, During the past decade, UNICEF’s work has revolved around both the CRBP's promotion and the development of tools and guiding resources for the business sector. Those tools have assisted companies and industry sectors in applying more solid prevention measures, while also better managing their impact on children’s lives. UNICEF has worked along…, Results of the business sector action, Is the business sector respecting and promoting children’s rights in the region? According to UNICEF and Deloitte S-Latam regional survey results, the business sector has become increasingly aware of the impact of its economic activity on children’s rights. The sector has taken steps to strengthen or adapt its corporate practices, with special…, Voices from the business sector in the region, Quote says: At Diners Ecuador, we want to make a difference as a development actor. By doing so, not only one person can get ahead, but all of us, especially children who live in vulnerable contexts. quote says: As media companey, we understand that as long as we give visibility to children's issues, we hace the opportunity to positively influence…, Call to action, What does UNICEF recommend to companies as next steps?  “In the past few years, the business sector in the region has become increasingly aware of its impact on children’s lives. From now on, it is crucial that all companies, large and SMEs, integrate a children’s rights approach into their corporate due diligence. This should not be applied…