18 July 2023

Painting with purpose

The narrow, muddy alleyways of Korail slum in Dhaka lead to a small room packed with about 40 children. The mood inside this room with tin walls is happy and cheerful, oblivious to the otherwise gloomy surroundings. Nine-year-old Mim and her friends watch a series of images projected on the wall. Pictures from Bangladesh – fishermen in a boat,…, This fun, interactive art session helps to bring more children to the hubs and connect them to critical services., UNICEF/UN0851640/Mawa Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself. Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself., UNICEF/UN0851635/Mawa Mim takes her turn to make the hub brighter and welcoming to more children like herself. 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Linda Valente Da Silva Acouri, a Brazilian artist who specializes in engaging children through art, shuffles through…, An unusual but effective tool, The art exercise in the community hub has been commissioned by UNICEF and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to make the hubs welcoming, draw more children in to access social services and to help the children to feel a sense of ownership as they work with the artist to express themselves and brighten up the space. “Prior to each…, Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., UNICEF/UN0851646/Mawa Bright colours, happy faces Bright colours, happy faces, Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., UNICEF/UN0851644/Mawa Bright colours, happy faces Bright colours, happy faces, Bright colours, happy faces: As children paint and make the hub more visible, they open the door for more of their peers to come to the hub., UNICEF/UN0851639/Mawa Bright colours, happy faces Bright colours, happy faces Bright colours, happy faces In a country where 45 million children experience violence at home, about 6.8 million are engaged in child labour and half of girls are married before their 18 th  birthday, the need for child protection services is apparent. “Sometimes it’s…, Scaling up solutions to protect children, Linda and the VACW coordinators have trained 70 local artists, taking them through how she gets children to open up and participate during the art sessions. Together, she and the local artists have now engaged about 50,000 children in 700 community hubs across Bangladesh, focusing on underprivileged children. Although they live right in the heart…, In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence, UNICEF/UN0851638/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0855634/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0851642/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence., UNICEF/UN0851643/Mawa In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that help to prevent child marriage, child labour and violence. In the UNICEF-supported hubs, children are connected to services that…, A burst of colour lights up the day, After taking turns painting bit by bit the little artists in the room are happy to see the finished product. Throughout the session Linda continues to guide the children, reminding them to wait their turn if their friend is painting in the same spot they want, to share and to take care of the painting materials. Today’s art session has made the…
12 October 2022

Child Protection

Challenge, Every child has the right to be protected from violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and harmful practices.   Yet millions of children in South Asia experience violence and harmful practices – including at home, school and in the community – which can have serious consequences that can last a lifetime.  These child protection violations continue…, Opportunity, Every child deserves to grow up in a safe environment, protected from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. This is what we strive for.   By making sure that every child is registered at birth, supported by nurturing parents, caregivers and family members, has a safe learning environment and is protected by online safety and fair justice, we…, What UNICEF is doing, The main focus of our work is universal prevention of harm to children.    Alongside our partners, we tailor specific support for children living in situations with the greatest risks of harm, including children in humanitarian crisis, children with disabilities, children without parental care, and children experiencing other forms of…, Resources, These resources represent a selection of materials produced by UNICEF and its partners in the region. The list is regularly updated to include the latest information., Featured stories, Featured multimedia, UNICEF South Asia The birth certificate will open many doors to Nargis’ children and give them access to education, health, financial services and social protection. UNICEF South Asia Althaf is often pressured to earn income to support his family, but he refuses. Instead, he goes to school, because he knows education is a right that cannot be…