08 May 2024

Gender competency

UNICEF’s Gender Policy (2021-2030), Gender Action Plan (2022-2025), and Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action emphasize UNICEF’s commitment to promoting gender equality around the world and recognize the integral role that frontline workers play in transforming harmful gender roles and practices.Frontline workers that provide essential services to the affected population need to possess a unique set of skills and competencies to navigate the complexities and demands of diverse populations in humanitarian action. Gender competency has proven to be essential for setting up and running response services for survivors, prioritizing women and girls’ needs and voices, as well as bringing a sustainable transformative change for the affected population. Gender competency requires the application of appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes in daily work and interactions to communicate and treat people equitably and produce more equal agency and decision-making for women, men, girls, and boys, regardless of age, relationship status, or other factors.UNICEF in Ukraine, together with the Gender Culture Center, developed a package of materials on role-specific gender competency for different categories of frontline workers to support developing of their knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful professional activity that promote gender equality. Author: UNICEFPublication date: January 2024Language: Ukrainian
16 October 2023

Newborns in Ukraine sleep safely thanks to shelter renovations

In the bomb shelter of the Rudnev Center for Mothers and Children in Dnipro, Yulia is singing a Ukrainian lullaby to her two-month-old son. Like the other mothers and babies around her, she will be safe from the shelling here, thanks to renovation work supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners.  Bohdan, 2 m.o. Bohdan, 2…, Ihor Makedonsky, Chief Physician of the Rudnev Center for Mother and Child, UNICEF У лікарняному підвалі готові місця для новонароджених Image, Places for newborns are ready in the hospital basement, UNICEF У бомбосховищі є запаси води, ліків, вологі серветки, сухарі. Разом з молодими мамами під час сирени у підвал спускаються лікарі Image, The bomb shelter has supplies of water, medicine, wet wipes, and crackers. Together with young mothers, doctors go down to the basement during the siren, UNICEF Image4 Image UNICEF Image Image UNICEF Ігор Македонський, головний лікар Центру матері та дитини ім. М.Ф. Руднєва у Дніпрі У лікарняному підвалі готові місця для новонароджених У бомбосховищі є запаси води, ліків, вологі серветки, сухарі. Разом з молодими мамами під час сирени у підвал спускаються лікарі Image4 Image This shelter was…
28 July 2023

Legislative Framework for Family-Based Alternative Child Care in Some European Countries

Throughout Ukraine’s independence, the state has declared the protection of the rights of the child as one of the main priorities of state social policy at the level of legislation, strategic and programme documents. Creating conditions for the comprehensive and safe development of a child, taking into account his or her best interests, and supporting the family in which he or she is brought up is not only one of the state’s obligations under the Constitution of Ukraine and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but also an indicator of the level of humanity and civilisation of society. In addition, the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, approved by UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/142, have become a guideline for the child protection system. Since its independence, Ukraine has moved from predominantly institutional childcare to the introduction and development of alternative forms of family-based care, which now dominate. In order to improve the Ukrainian system of alternative child care and bring it in line with European standards, a study was conducted of the legislation of five European countries (Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, and England). The methodology of the study, a description of the legislation of European countries according to certain criteria, conclusions and recommendations that, in the opinion of experts, are important to implement in Ukrainian legislation on child protection and support for the development of family-based alternative care are presented in this report.