On 8th April 2020, GNRC members and friends from across the world participated in a webinar meeting on COVID-19 and Child Protection organized by Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (End Violence) and the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN). The two hosting organizations focused on key issues on child protection in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting attracted 1,400 participants from 120 countries across the world.
The webinar provided an overview of the issue, with lessons learned from past emergency contexts, current data on the prevalence of violence against children, presentation of guides and strategies to promote the protection of children.
In the meeting, it was clear that members were concerned about the immediate closure of learning institutions, loss of jobs and poor state of public facilities. They noted that children were losing not only access to education but also their precious time to interact with their friends. Participants also noted that there was limited or no access to health and other essential services that could respond to the pandemic. It was observed that children were now entirely reliant on their caregivers for nurturing care to meet their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development needs.
This was a second in a series of webinars to be organized by End Violence on COVID-19 and child protection. Other online meetings will also look into issues of early child development.
To access the full recording of the meeting, click here.
Recording courtesy – Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.