Zimbabwe and Botswana sign Memorandum of Understanding on Child Protection
UNICEF remains committed to supporting the Government of Zimbabwe with the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Child Protection.
UNICEF Zimbabwe congratulates the Governments of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Republic of Botswana on the important signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Child Protection.
The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated existing and on-going challenges particularly for heightened domestic violence and Gender Based Violence, Violence Against Children, mental health and psychosocial-support needs. At a regional level UNICEF is particularly concerned with the issues of children on the move which can affect the two countries.
At the global level, UNICEF supports and responds to the issue of children on the move by focusing on ensuring access to education, health, and other essential services (helping uprooted children to stay in school and stay healthy), protecting children on the move from all forms of exploitation and violence through the strengthening of national child protection systems, and collecting, analysing, and disseminating data and gathering evidence about the situation and individual experiences of children and young people on the move.
UNICEF remains committed to supporting the Government of Zimbabwe with the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Child Protection, particularly strengthening the cross border coordination mechanism, facilitating provision of comprehensive and integrated prevention and response services to children on the move; data and evidence generation for programme and policy response and technical support for developing modalities and procedure for monitoring and evaluation. This package of support will ensure children and adolescents are better protected from violence, abuse and exploitation. The cooperation between Botswana and Zimbabwe on these issues will help in protecting children in each country and any children who may move between them.
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