BERANE, 6 December 2017 – A resident of the Riverside settlement in Berane, Orhan Zizaku, got married at the age of 17. Today, he says, he would not allow any of his four children to do the same.
“I would like my children to study, go to school and then go to work. I want them to have good living conditions."
Equal opportunities for all
BIJELO POLJE, 5 December 2017 – On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNICEF Representative to Montenegro, Osama Khogali, and the US Ambassador to Montenegro, Margaret Ann Uyehara, visited Bijelo Polje, a municipality that has been giving strong contribution to building an inclusive society for years.
BIJELO POLJE, 5. DECEMBAR, 2017 - Povodom Međunarodnog dana osoba sa invaliditetom, šef predstavništva UNICEF-a u Crnoj Gori Osama Kogali i ambasadorka SAD-a u Crnoj Gori Margaret En Uehara posjetili su Bijelo Polje, opštinu koja godinama daje značajan doprinos izgradnji inkluzivnog društva.
Early Childhood Development
PODGORICA, 3 December 2017 - Like every other five-year-old’s parent, Martina Curovic is considering how to best prepare her daughter for school. Three years ago, when she became acquainted with the importance of providing support to children with disabilities in early childhood, she could not assume what kind of progress her daughter Kalina will achieve, with the proper support of her teachers and experts.
PODGORICA, 17 November 2017 – Optimism and self-confidence are new words for the 15-year-old Albina Zenunaj attending primary school “Bozidar Vukovic Podgoricanin”. She learned how to apply these virtues in her daily life through the workshops for development of social and emotional skills that have been organized in her school since September 2017.
World Children's Day 2017
PODGORICA, 18 November 2017 – Ahead of November 20th, which is celebrated as World Children's Day, UNICEF invites children and young people, citizens, the media, representatives of the private and civil sectors to contribute to building a better, more just and equitable society fit to every child in Montenegro. UNICEF Montenegro Representative Osama Khogali invited children and adolescents to talk about their problems and discuss possible solutions with the rest of the society.
PODGORICA, 18. NOVEMBAR 2017. - U susret 20. novembru koji se obilježava kao Svjetski dan djeteta predstavništvo UNICEF-a poziva djecu i mlade, građane, medije, predstavnike privatnog i civilnog sektora da doprinesu izgradnji boljeg, pravednijeg društva jednakih mogućnosti po mjeri svakog djeteta u Crnoj Gori.
End Violence Online
PODGORICA, 16 October 2017 – One in two children in Montenegro aged 9 to 17 do not feel safe online, revealed UNICEF’s last year survey conducted within the End Violence Online campaign. This research findings, which also show that 20 per cent of parents do not use internet, motivated Telenor to support the End Violence Online campaign implemented by UNICEF and the Government of Montenegro.
PODGORICA, 25 September 2017 - What kind of support do adolescents in Montenegro have to achieve their full potential? Last year, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child found that the potential of adolescents around the world was endangered, as there were no investments to support the adolescents.
PODGORICA, 5 September 2017 – International surveys, covering the Balkans as well, indicate that 12-15 per cent of girls and 8-10 per cent of boys suffer from sexual violence. Only one in ten victims comes public about it. A recently conducted survey among members of Montenegrin Association of Pediatricians is yet another warning that sexual abuse of children is still a taboo. Most of the interviewees said they have not met a child that had suffered sexual abuse.
Montenegro, August - September 2017 - Within the #ENDviolence campaign, all over Montenegro, living statues break the silence on violence against children without any words. During August and September 2017, citizens of many Montenegrin municipalities will have opportunities to bump into these living statues, learn about the recently launched SOS parents’ line, think about the best parenting practices and support the #EndViolence campaign on social media.
New UNICEF Representative
PODGORICA, 28 JULY 2017 – Osama Makkawi Khogali today begins his tenure as UNICEF’s third Representative to Montenegro since the country regained independence in 2006. Mr. Khogali brings 25 years of international experience. Before coming to Montenegro, Mr. Khogali was UNICEF Representative for Oman Country Office, Deputy Representative for UNICEF in Iraq, Regional Emergency Specialist for UNICEF Middle East & North Africa Regional Office and Principal Emergency Coordinator for UNICEF in Pakistan.
It's about ability
PODGORICA, 1 June 2017 – What does every child want? The chance to kick a ball, to throw it well, to share that success with family members. What does every child with intellectual disabilities want? The exact same thing. This is the motto of the Young Athletes Program organized by the Special Olympics throughout the world for children with and without disabilities aged between two and seven.
It's about ability
BERANE, 25 May 2017 – Parents of children with disabilities are unsung heroes, facing endless hurdles every single day. Psychological support means a lot to them just like to other parents as well. "I think that people are closed up. Sometimes they are more comfortable with a false hope than the cruel truth. I believe that people need to face the truth regardless of how it may look to them in order to be able to help the child", points out Sava Laban, mother of a 14-year-old child growing up with cerebral palsy.
TIVAT, 17 May 2017 – UNICEF research conducted last year shows that 1 in 2 parents in Montenegro justify corporal punishment. What are the real effects of such violent methods? This was the central question of the public talk held in Tivat, another municipality which joined the End Violence campaign. Dejana Rudović from the NGO “Association of Psychologists” explains that some parents try hard to defend the “right” to hit their children, often forgetting the consequences of physical punishment.
TIVAT, 17. MAJ 2017. - Svaki drugi roditelj u Crnoj Gori opravdava fizičko nasilje , pokazuje UNICEF-ovo istraživanje koje je sprovedeno prošle godine. A koji su stvarni efekti ove vaspitne metode? Ovo je bilo centralno pitanje javnog razgovora koji je održan u Tivtu, još jednoj opštini koja se pridužila kampanji "Zaustavimo nasilje".
PODGORICA, 10 May 2017 – Podgorica is the 14th municipality in Montenegro to have hosted a public talk about the relationship between parents and children as part of the campaign “End Violence” implemented by the Government of Montenegro and UNICEF, with the support of the EU and the Telenor Foundation. The aim is to encourage local communities through these public talks to recognize and develop the necessary services to support positive parenting.
PLJEVLJA, 27 April 2017 – By organizing a public talk on the relationship between children and parents, Municipality of Pljevlja, like many others all over the country, joined the “End Violence” campaign. Research conducted last year by UNICEF reveals that Montenegro has a high degree of tolerance for violence against children.
NIKŠIĆ, 19 April 2017 – Nikšić is another municipality to have joined the “End Violence” campaign initiated by the Government of Montenegro and UNICEF with a view to promoting and spreading positive parenting practices. The public discussion organized in Nikšić, in cooperation with the municipality and with the support from the EU and Telenor Foundation, was an opportunity to remind of the results of the research conducted by UNICEF in late 2016.
BIJELO POLJE, 10 April 2017 - “Spanking is not violence, it is more of a joke”. This is what a parent from Bijelo Polje said during the research on violence against children in Montenegro. The research, published in February 2017, indicates that there is a high level of tolerance to violence against children in the Montenegrin society.
BERANE, 10 April 2017 – According to the UNICEF survey conducted in late 2016, one in two Montenegrin citizens believe that physical punishment of children is acceptable and that shouting at children is not violence. Such a high degree of tolerance to violence prompted the organization of public talks with parents and professionals in all Montenegrin municipalities within the End Violence campaign, initiated by UNICEF and the Government of Montenegro with support from the EU and Telenor Foundation.