UNICEF and the government of Tapachula launch an initiative to promote the rights of migrant children and adolescents through art

Mexico City, Tapachula – August 9, 2022 – UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the government of Tapachula presented this week the social and behavior change strategy voices on the road aims to ensure the fulfillment of the rights of every migrant girl, boy and adolescent in Tapachula.

This joint strategy seeks to generate:

  1. tools and information for the full exercise of the rights of migrant children and adolescents, as well as facilitating adequate and timely decision-making regarding mechanisms for self-care, protection, nutrition, health, education and psycho-emotional care;
  2. opportunities and spaces to integrate migrant children and adolescents into host communities through art, communication and access to educational services, protection, identity, water and sanitation, and
  3. positively changing perceptions in host communities through awareness of the circumstances that lead migrants to leave their homes in search of a better life, free of violence and with more and better opportunities for development, and generating empathy at individual and community levels.

Voices on the road It is a one-of-a-kind strategy, unprecedented at the national and continental level, in which key components for the fulfillment of the rights of migrant children and adolescents are merged with artistic and recreational activities aimed at promoting understanding, tolerance and integration in communities. , said Fernando Carrera, UNICEF Representative in Mexico, during the presentation.

This social and behavioral change strategy, implemented in collaboration with the Tapachula authorities and three civil society organizations (Adra, Cadena and Lorogranada=), consists of five key components:

  1. participation mural through which migrant children and adolescents and host communities express their emotions and experiences, a process that seeks to address psycho-emotional issues through artistic expression.
  2. Storytelling workshop “They call me a migrant” for schools and shelters aimed at informing and sensitizing migrant children and adolescents and host communities about the risks faced by this population – in addition to contributing to the reduction of violence stemming from discrimination and xenophobia – supported by tools such as print history and a fascinating exhibit at the Tapachula Museum.
  3. interactive miniseries of ten illustrated and animated episodes by a collective of digital artists who seek to improve the knowledge, attitudes and self-care practices of the migrant shelter population by exploring topics such as nutrition, education, protection, identity, emotional state – , health (including the challenges of COVID-19, the importance of access to water and sanitation, etc.
  4. U-Report “Unifying Voices”, Service chat which seeks to increase knowledge on how to access care services for adolescent migrants and offers advice on matters relating to their health and protection, identity, hygiene, travel advice as well as a psycho-emotional care service, all this through WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.
  5. Workshops “Tell Me Your Wings”, “The Noise Generated by the Collision of Bodies” and “My Companion”developed together with the Jorge Marin Foundation, which promote the recognition and affirmation of the identity of migrants, as part of the process of recognizing and exercising their rights (especially those of children and adolescents), in addition to contributing to emotional well-being and strengthening self-defense messages .

“Art has a huge potential to create or strengthen social bonds, contribute to community integration and thus improve the lives of children and adolescents who go through difficult times like those that occur in migration situations,” added Fernando Carrera. “UNICEF thanks the government of Tapachula for its interest, openness and cooperation in developing and implementing this social and behavior change strategy, as well as providing spaces for its implementation in which this child and adolescent population feels safe.” , respected and free to express their concerns and dreams”.

NOTE TO EDITORS

In addition to strategy voices on the road, UNICEF will continue to work with federal and state authorities in developing other initiatives to ensure full respect for the rights of every migrant child and adolescent. Between them:

  • Diagnosis of the situation of migrant children and adolescents to identify areas of opportunity to drive positive change in the areas of access to water and sanitation, psycho-emotional containment, education and protection against violence.
  • prevention strategy Gender-based violence by developing educational tools through role-playing games for teenagers and board games for girls and boys between 6 and 12 years old.
  • Theater for Development (T4D)through which stories will be presented in the Guignol Theater and workshops will be held on hand washing and hygiene, identifying protection mechanisms, promoting educational inclusion through board games and creating a personal journal to express emotions.
  • Project Youth building which seeks to promote the development of life skills in adolescent migrants through emotional and technical training with certificates in various disciplines.
  • Project Let’s go together which provide support to migrants through the delivery of food and medical care.

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