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Media Update: United Nations Pakistan, 11 June 2024

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Media Update: United Nations Pakistan, 11 June 2024
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Media Update: United Nations Pakistan, 11 June 2024

12 June 2024

This Media Update includes:

  • UNODC - MEDIA ADVISORY : RULE OF LAW ROADMAP OF BALOCHISTAN
  • UNICEF - PRESS RELEASE : Nearly 400 million young children worldwide regularly experience violent discipline at home - UNICEF

UNODC

MEDIA ADVISORY

RULE OF LAW ROADMAP OF BALOCHISTAN

7th Provincial Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday 12 June 2024, 15:45 hrs Killa Saifullah Hall, Serena Hotel Quetta

11 June 2024, Quetta - You are cordially invited to cover and attend the Rule of Law Roadmap of Balochistan, 7th Provincial Steering Committee Meeting, on Wednesday, 12 June 2024, at 15:45 hrs in Killa Saifullah Hall, Serena Hotel Quetta.

Funded by the European Union, the 7th Steering Committee meeting of the 'Deliver Justice Project' is hosted by the Government of Balochistan with assistance from UNODC Country Office Pakistan, as part of its implementation of rule of law reforms guided by the Balochistan Rule of Law Roadmap.

The Rule of Law Roadmap, initially approved for four years (2018-2022), has been revised for another four years (2023-2026) to consolidate, sustain, scale up, and institutionalize good practices and data-informed approaches in Balochistan's justice sector.

Mr. Ziaullah Langau, Home Minister of the Government of Balochistan, has kindly agreed to be the Chief Guest of the meeting. Representatives from Balochistan Police, Prosecution, Prisons, Levies, and Reclamation and Probation Departments will also present their progress against provincial targets under the action plan.

You are cordially invited to do the coverage and attend the RULE OF LAW ROADMAP OF BALOCHISTAN

7th Provincial Steering Committee Meeting on Wednesday 12 June 2024, 15:45 hrs Killa Saifullah Hall, Serena Hotel Quetta

For more information, kindly contact Rizwana Rahool, Communications Officer via 0301-8564255 and/or [email protected]

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UNICEF

PRESS RELEASE

Nearly 400 million young children worldwide regularly experience violent discipline at home - UNICEF

New data also reveal many young children are deprived of play, stimulation, and interaction with their parents and caregivers

NEW YORK, 11 June 2024 - Nearly 400 million children under 5 - or 6 in 10 children within that age group globally - regularly endure psychological aggression or physical punishment at home, according to new UNICEF estimates. Of them, around 330 million are punished by physical means.

The findings also emphasize the crucial role of play in children's development and the mental health of children, parents, and caregivers in response to data that highlights the prevalence of inadequate caregiving, including stimulation and interaction at home.

"When children are subjected to physical or verbal abuse at home, or when they are deprived of social and emotional care from their loved ones, it can undermine their sense of self-worth and development," said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. "Nurturing and playful parenting can bring joy and also help children feel safe, learn, build skills, and navigate the world around them."

More and more countries are prohibiting physical punishment against children in the home. Over half of the 66 countries that have banned the practice have enacted legislation within the past 15 years, but this still leaves around half a billion children under the age of 5 without adequate legal protection.

Globally, harmful social norms that underpin violent childrearing methods persist, with slightly more than 1 in 4 mothers and primary caregivers indicating that physical punishment is necessary to raise and educate children properly, according to the findings.

The data - released on the first-ever International Day of Play - also underscore disparities in caregiving practices and access to play opportunities. For example, new estimates show that approximately 4 in 10 children aged 2-4 years do not get enough responsive interaction or stimulation at home, meaning they may experience emotional neglect and a sense of detachment, insecurity, and behavioural issues that can persist into adulthood. Meanwhile, 1 in 10 misses out on activities with their caregivers that are critical to promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development, like reading, storytelling, singing, and drawing.

The data also show that around 1 in 5 children aged 2-4 years do not play with their caregivers at home, while roughly 1 in 8 under age 5 do not have toys or playthings at home.

Studies show that evidence-based parenting programmes improve caregiving, reduce family violence and maltreatment, and enhance the mental health of children and parents. These programmes include coaching on positive approaches, building strong parent-child relationships, and supporting play, nonviolent discipline, and communication.

To ensure every child grows up feeling safe and loved, UNICEF calls on governments to strengthen efforts and investment in:

Protection: Strengthening legal and policy frameworks that prohibit and end all forms of violence against children in the home;

Parenting support: Scaling up evidence-based parenting programmes that promote positive, playful approaches, and prevent family violence;

Playful learning: Expanding access to learning and play spaces for children, including preschools, schools, and playgrounds.

"On the first International Day of Play, we must unite and recommit to ending violence against children and promoting positive, nurturing, and playful caregiving," added Russell.

Notes to editors:

Download photos here.

Explore the data here and here.

Visit UNICEF's parenting hub here.

On 11 June 2024, UNICEF and partners will mark the first-ever International Day of Play (IDOP) at the UN Headquarters in New York, featuring a high-level forum, a play installation and experience, and a pre-k classroom learning through play. IDOP underscores the crucial role of play in human development across cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth, while spotlighting barriers to play like harmful practices, disabilities, gender discrimination, conflict, and learning poverty.

The new estimates of violent discipline are based on a subset of 100 countries with internationally comparable data between 2010 and 2023 covering 52 per cent of the global population of children under 5. The estimates of attitudes towards corporal punishment are based on a subset of 93 countries with internationally comparable data between 2008 and 2023 covering around 50 per cent of the global female population aged 15 to 49 years. The estimates of caregiving and availability of toys/playthings are based on a subset of 85 countries with internationally comparable data between 2010 and 2023 as well as national studies covering 57 per cent of the global population of children aged 2-4 years and 56 per cent of the global population of children under 5, respectively.

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