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Defence for Children International has acted at the international, regional, and local levels to ensure children are not left behind in the pandemic response. This page gathers resources on the impact of COVID-19 on children’s rights. The resources below will be regularly updated.

OUR key activities

DCI webinar on COVID-19 impact on children Deprived of Liberty.

In collaboration with Human Rights Watch and NGO Panel for the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

DCI PRESS-RELEASE ON COVID-19

REPONSES FROM DCI NATIONAL SECTIONS

DCI-Argentina

DCI Argentina has gathered international experts and representatives of the project #TejiendoRedesInfancia co-financed by the European Union, with the first of a series of Dialogues on the Protection of child rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Activities were implemented based on sustaining the bond, preventing social isolation measures provided as health measures from affecting the mental health of children and their families. It intervened in the chaos in which the security forces, under the pretext of imposing compliance with the isolation measures, proceeded with institutional violence. The management of the La Poderosa organization was supported for its soup kitchens and popular picnic areas, acting as facilitators and guarantors in an agreement with Unicef Argentina.

Full recording of the webinar is available here. 

DCI-Colombia

DCI-Colombia signed a letter to call on for the protection of the human rights and the ensure of the survival of the Wayúu population, the largest ethnic group in Colombia which is settled in the territory of La Guajira. In keeping with the purpose of the Movement, we supported the claim and urged the Colombian president and government authorities to take all measures within their power to guarantee the special enhanced protection that the Colombian State must provide to Wayúu children during the State of Emergency due to the COVID-19.  

DCI-Colombia launched on June 2020 a public joint statement to urge the State of Colombia for the implementation of measures that guarantee the protection and access to the rights of children in the country.

Read the press release (Available in Spanish). 

DCI-Greece has launched a joint statement with other 21 human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Greece, associated with the new campaign #dont_leavethekidsalone, asking the government for immediate preventive measures in the islands’ Reception and Identification Centers (RICs) where the precarious situations of asylum seekers and migrants would put them at greater risk from the infection.  

DCI-Greece

DCI-Italy

DCI-Italy has organized during the country lockdown some “conversations meanwhile”. In that particular moment of suspension, where the exchanges became virtual, the team of DCI-Italy was protagonist of a series of meetings where philosophers, psychologists, musicians and sociologists told their point of view, to experiment together new ways of dialogue, training and information. 

DCI-Mauritania

DCI-Mauritania responds to the emerging challenges of COVID-19:  

The President of DCI-Mauritania and AMSME,  distributed food products to 900 poor and confined families and 8000 awareness flyers. This awareness campaign was organized by the GFF CSO coalition of 204 organizations under the presidency of DCI-Mauritania at the level of the capital Nouakchott. Some pictures of the campaign are available on the facebook account.   

Likewise, DCI-Mauritania participated in two television programs and the production of two videos to create awareness about the fake news that has been widely published on social networks during and about COVID-19. This misinformation prompted DCI-Mauritania to elaborate on and publish two prevention posters in their social media.   

During the new activities relating to COVID-19, the National Section continued their projects of care and counselling of victims of sexual violence that takes place in the centre “EL Wafa” as well as the child helpline. The helpline was adapted to be at the disposal of children in distress due to the COVID-19.  Some 14 boys and 18 girls have phoned the helpline desk seeking information about the coronavirus.  

DCI-Palestine

DCI-Palestine called on Israeli authorities on March 19th, calling on Israeli authorities to take immediate action to release all Palestinian child detainees in Israeli prisons due to the rapid global spread of the COVID-19 virus.  A UN human rights expert produced a statement urged Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to live up to their international legal responsibilities by ensuring that the right to health is fully provided to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

DCI-Palestine published in August 2020 an article on Palestinian child detainees tested positive for coronavirus in Israeli prison.

 Please see the article here.  

DCI-Sierra Leone organized #SexualRepreductiveHealthRights sessions for girls and provided them with vital information on essential services and how to access these services in communities to minimize the likelihood of girls getting pregnant during this #COVID-19, and with the help of a professional health worker. Moreover, on April 10th, Defence for Children International Sierra Leone and AIM urged the government to investigate sexual abuses against girls in COVID-19 quarantined homes in Port Loko District. 

Read the article here. 

DCI-Sierra Leone appearing alongside the speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, movie star Idris Elba, Sierra Leone artists and ministers in a video for the Girls Advocacy Alliance. 

 

DCI-Sierra Leone

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