UNICEF and PA "Prietena Mea" present the results of a sociological analysis on the experiences of parents of children with special needs in Moldova

02 April 2024
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UNICEF/Moldova/2024

Parents and careers of children with disabilities experience a high degree of stigma and discrimination from society, but also from specialists in different fields. Thus, at least 80% have experienced discriminatory and stigmatizing behavior, find it difficult to tolerate social attitudes of contempt and try to limit their children's contact with the outside world. The most common attitudes and behaviors are based on pity (65%), contempt (45%) and prejudice (42%). Women/mothers of children with disabilities experience such feelings more frequently than fathers (in society). At the same time, fathers more often experience feelings of embarrassment when they go out in public with their children with disabilities (on a personal level).

These are some of the results of an analysis of the situation "Knowledge, attitudes and challenges of parents and careers of children with disabilities in the Republic of Moldova" conducted by PA "Prietena Mea" and UNICEF, presented at an event that brought together over 70 representatives of government institutions, international organizations, donor community, parents and caregivers, media and civil society in the Republic of Moldova.

The sociological analysis will underpin support for effective programmatic interventions, the creation of the first support platform (www.abilitare.md) for parents, careers and professionals in the field, and the development of projects and actions that respond promptly to identify needs.

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UNICEF/Moldova/2024

"The Association Prietena Mea and UNICEF are committed to contributing to the creation of a safer and more supportive environment for the development and well-being of children with disabilities. As parents and caregivers play a fundamental role, we decided to develop the first platform of parents and caregivers of children with disabilities in the Republic of Moldova based on this identified need. Thus, habilitation.md will provide specialized support materials and will be a credible source of information both for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and for specialists working with this category of people", said Ludmila Adamciuc, founder of the Public Association "Prietena Mea" and host of the event.

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Alexei Buzu, Minister of Labour and Social Protection, said that in the Republic of Moldova, parents and careers of children with special needs feel on their own and it is important to jointly develop programmes to empower them, but also to continue to strengthen and develop support services for children with disabilities and their parents in our country. The Minister also highlighted the importance of the active involvement of fathers in the upbringing and education of children with special needs, stressing the essential role of both parents in their harmonious development.

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"Mutual support between parents of children with disabilities plays a vital role in creating a supportive and empathetic community. Parents who share similar experiences and challenges form a network that not only provides emotional support but also valuable ideas and practical advice. By actively engaging in peer support, parents can dismantle barriers, change misperceptions and contribute to a more inclusive and understanding society, while becoming the most important pillars of support for their children," stressed Maha Damaj, UNICEF Moldova Country Representative.

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UNICEF/Moldova/2024

Merle Kreibaum, Co-Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Germany in the Republic of Moldova, stressed how important it is to support parents of children with disabilities, to have as many dialogues as possible in society about diversity and inclusion, but also about their impact in our daily lives. Ms Kreibaum also reiterated the support of the Federal Republic of Germany for these initiatives.

The challenges identified and related solutions were discussed in a panel with Marina Morozova, Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Protection, Health and Family, Flore Rossi, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist and Ludmila Adamciuc, founder of the NGO "My Friend". This facilitated an exchange of ideas to identify the most effective ways to support families with children with disabilities, but also how to improve collaboration between government institutions and civil society organizations to ensure the necessary support for parents of children with disabilities.

This event is held by UNICEF, in partnership with PA Prietena Mea, in the framework of the UNICEF project "An inclusive world starts with me, with you, with us...", with the financial support of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany, through the German Development Bank (KfW).

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UNICEF/Moldova/2024

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