The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report titled: The State of the World’s Children 2021 provides an important x-ray of what we need to consider when dealing with this important sector of the population. In the case of Latin America, UNICEF mentions that when the coronavirus pandemic reached the world in 2019, strong emotions took over the lives of many millions of boys and girls, young people and families; Some experts even consider the possibility of damaging the mental health of an entire generation; although we still cannot know for sure what the real impact of COVID-19 is in this area. UNICEF finds that even after the aforementioned pandemic, we will have to analyze the economic and social upheavals that will certainly affect fathers and mothers who thought their worst experiences were already forgotten and who, however, again find it difficult to give to feed their babies; the child who is abandoned after months without being able to go to school will also be affected; likewise to the girl who had to abandon her studies to work. For UNICEF, these effects will undermine the aspirations and lifetime earnings of a generation that has been forced to interrupt, for example, their education. Other consequences to consider are those related to the happiness and well-being of children, young people and their carers in the years to come, which may challenge the foundations that support mental health. no doubt that the whole society must place children and adolescents in its most sensitive structure, because what we do now for this important sector of the population will build the foundations of this civilization that we long for, with education in values, with respect for all forms of life, with harmony between the natural elements. In the scenario from Zacatecas and in connection with the Office for the Protection of Children and Adolescents of SEDIF and the Comprehensive System for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (SIPINNA), in charge of Lic. Lorena Lamas Arroyo, established several strategies to adequately treat the mental health and physical integrity of the people who are the subject of this part’s analysis, as is the case with the creation of Early Childhood Commissions, follow-up on the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and in particular the Commission for the Special Protection of Girls, Boys and Adolescents, coordinated in turn by the Office of the Attorney General State DIF and, of which created a real inter-institutional collaboration with the Human Rights Commission of the State of Zacatecas, the State Legislative Assembly, the Office of the Attorney General, the Secretariat of Public Security and the General Secretariat of the Government, in relation to civil society organizations. In this context, I think that no effort by government, academia or the civic channel is superfluous in the case of children and adolescents. Similarly, SIPINNA showed for the case of Mexico the results of the Consultation on Children and Youth in 2021 and saw fit to propose a Program of Priority Actions for Children and Adolescents. Another very sensitive issue is about sexual abuse of children, which according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in our country a total of 5.4 million girls and boys, are sexually abused every year, which means that every minute 10.2 minors of age are victims of some kind of sexual abuse, so a broad, multidisciplinary and inter-institutional strategy must be consolidated to contribute to the reduction of this very deplorable index, which is already being worked on with the launch of the Campaign against Child Sexual Abuse, from central importance and immediate action as both children and adolescents were left at the mercy of their abusers in the face of isolation imposed by the pandemic. In the same way, SIPINNA Zacatecas promoted the signing of the cooperation agreement with World Vision Mexico, an organization that combines efforts and actions aimed at increasing the life opportunities of children and adolescents who need priority attention and who today adhere to the strategies and the public policies promoted by Governor David Monreal Ávila, with an emphasis on respecting the basic human rights of the people, which require priority attention.
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