Is it actually possible to end violence against children? In a new series from the End Violence Partnership, we explore the answer to that question by talking to those on the frontlines – the experts, researchers and world leaders that have dedicated their lives to keeping children safe.
INSPIRING Ways to End Violence Against Children will take you from Honduras, where two children are murdered every day, to South Africa, where in some districts, up to 99 per cent of children have experienced or witnessed abuse. By featuring the experts working on these challenges, this series will spread knowledge of what works to prevent violence – and ensure solving this problem remains a top priority for governments, communities and organisations across the world.
This podcast is part of the Together for #EndViolence global campaign and Solution Summit series. To learn more about ways to end violence against children, visit www.end-violence.org
How can technology support the mental health of young people in Myanmar?
COVID-19 has impacted the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of populations all around the world. Myanmar – a country where one-fifth of its population were lifetime migrants before COVID-19 – is no exception.
In this episode, Andy Nielson, the Director of Advocacy Campaigns, Communications and Media for Save the Children, talks through an innovative new programme called Mee Pya Tike, which means ‘Lighthouse’ in Burmese. Central to the intervention was creating a space to deliver anonymous mental health services to young people through technology, including text-based support. Listen in to learn more about this intervention, the powerful testimonies from adolescents it reached, and the goal of integrating this platform into wider, tangible child protection services.
Supporting parents amidst conflict and violence: adaptations from Somalia
In countries like Somalia, COVID-19 was a crisis on top of crisis, further impacting children and communities already mired by longstanding conflict and instability.
In this episode, Abdi Waber, Manager of Child Protection and Child Rights Governance for Save the Children Somalia, speaks of the devastating impacts COVID-19 has had on children and families in Somalia. He shares how the pandemic has driven up child labour, increased sexual violence, aggravated physical and psychological violence in the home, and increased rates of child marriage as families struggled to cope, particularly with the difficult social economic shocks that accompanied lockdowns.
Waber also speaks of how staff worked to adapt programmes to continue vital interventions that helped parents and caregivers abstain from using violence while parenting during an increasingly difficult time violence in their parenting techniques and approaches during COVID-19. To do so, the team harnessed the power of radio, television and social media to reach parents and caregivers in new ways.
Protecting children in Nepal
In Nepal, nearly one third of girls aged 15 to 19 are married, and about 22 per cent are involved in child labour. After COVID-19 began to spread, rates of child marriage, gender-based violence and child labour in Nepal have increased, as did severe mental and psychosocial health issues among children.
In this episode, Rabindra Gautam, Child Rights Governance and Child Protection Adviser at Save the Children Nepal-Bhutan, highlights the innovations and adaptations his office made to reach children during an increasingly difficult time. To address the elevating protection risks – and the compounding challenges of engaging with children directly – the country office leveraged digital platforms, including social media, to ensure children had a space for their voices to be heard, especially when it mattered most. Gautam also highlights the way technology was used to amplify children’s experiences, and bring their recommendations to policymakers, practitioners, and decision-makers across the country.
Empowering communities in Guatemala to keep children safe in and through schools
Schools should be a place where children are safe to learn, grow and thrive to their full potential. During COVID-19, however, more than 1.5 billion children were forced from the classroom – leaving children more vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse than ever before. In Guatemala, Save the Children had developed a diploma course to support teachers and parents to keep schools safe – and during COVID-19, staff snapped into action to adapt this course to fit a drastically new context.
In this episode, Lyda Guarin, Save the Children’s Child Protection Regional Adviser for Latin America, spoke with programming staff Idalma Choquin and Marjorie Bosque in Save the Children’s Guatemala Country Office. The three explored how they adapted the course for parents and teachers to narrated videos, disseminating those products through WhatsApp groups and other platforms. They also discussed the importance of providing additional one-on-one support when necessary, and integrating group phone calls to reach parents and teachers that needed them.
Capturing the experiences of children during the pandemic – and amplifying their demands for action
When COVID-19 spread to India, Prathit Singh 's world – like all of ours – was rocked. He was in the middle of his high school exams when he was told he couldn’t go back to the classroom, and saw first-hand how the lockdowns affected children and young people throughout his community. As a result, he became involved in the COVIDunder19 survey project, led by Terre des Hommes across the world.
Today, Singh is the Youth Adviser for COVIDunder19 in India. In this podcast, he speaks about the creation and implementation of the global COVIDunder19 survey, which spoke to over 26,000 children in over 137 countries throughout the globe, along with the way the research provided children with an opportunity to explain their experiences to government leaders.
Bringing visibility to children during global pandemics to support transformative change
Across the world, as Governments reacted to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 by shutting down schools and preventing movement, the voices and needs of children quickly became invisible in considerations to the public health response.
In this episode, Jennifer Davidson talks about the COVID 4P Log smartphone app project, spanning 22 countries and 5 continents, which captures the experiences and insights logged by policymakers and practitioners as they have been working with children and families during COVID-19.
Informative, Interesting and Engaging
I highly recommend this podcast. The conversations are interesting, informative and engaging. Highly recommend to anybody who is interested in learning about causes of different forms of violence against children as well as most importantly, the Solutions!!! Looking forward to more episodes.
I recommend this podcast series to everyone working in the child protection sector. Great solutions to ending violence against children.
Interesting and informative
This podcast brings really interesting voices to the forefront of the violence prevention field. It’s fascinating to learn from those who have been there — and it’s inspiring to see how ending violence, which can seem almost unimaginably complex, is not just possible, but happening right now.