Author: Nicola Jones
Much progress has been made since Beijing in 1995, when ‘The Girl Child’ was singled out as one of 12 priorities for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Improvements in girls’ access to education and empowerment have accompanied reductions in child marriage. But there is still a long way to go to ensure that all adolescent girls in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) can exercise voice and agency in their families and communities.
My recent fieldwork trips to Azraq camp in Jordan (home to Syrian refugees) and Ethiopia’s pastoralist Afar region really underscored this. It is not just that girls need opportunities to exercise voice and agency within their families and communities; there is also the urgent and daunting collective task of ensuring that governments and development partners translate these voices into adequate support and resourcing.
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Given the increase in humanitarian and emergency situations related to disease outbreaks and public health emergencies, natural disasters, and refugee situations and violent conflict, UNICEF’s Communication for Development (C4D) Section is increasing efforts to synthesize and learn from these experiences. This allows the team to regularly inform technical support to national and local partners, facilitate cross-regional learning and strengthen its approach to humanitarian action and emergency response.
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This guide by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction aims to ensure worldwide access to expertise, communities of practice and networks of disaster risk reduction practitioners. The guide offers specific advice on implementing a feasible, people-centered approach to supporting and engaging children in disaster risk reduction and resilience-building. It provides high-level knowledge on the topic, as well as links to multiple sources that can provide more in-depth information.
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This report reviews lessons learnt of UNICEF’s Communication for Development (C4D) programming related to disaster risk reduction, preparedness, communicable disease control, institutional systems strengthening and community resilience, as well as programming strategies currently being shaped to reach the most vulnerable communities.
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