With the technical and financial support of MINUSMA, the United Youth Network for Children's Rights (platform of more than 60 youth and children's associations) has set up a virtual platform for discussion on resolution 1612 (2005) of the United Nations Security Council.
What is UN Security Council Resolution 1612 (2005)?
Resolution 1612 establishes a comprehensive mechanism for monitoring, communicating, informing and sanctioning persons guilty of serious violations against children. Serious violations include violations of the dignity and physical integrity of children, such as: murder and mutilation, recruitment or military use, kidnapping and/or kidnapping, rape and other sexual violence, attacks on schools or hospitals, as well as their military use and denial of humanitarian access to children in conflict.
A digital platform?
The operationalization of this discussion platform on social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp, is part of a six-month multi-form rapid impact project on dissemination (extension) and dissemination of child protection standards and strengthening of the national child protection system.
Use social networks for which purposes?
Several specific objectives are targeted by the virtual discussion platform. The first is undoubtedly the promotion of the resolution and thereby the protection of the child. It is about disseminating child protection standards to a larger and more focused audience, in this case the young people and the children themselves. Very present on the social networks, these prove to be excellent channels to make them aware of their right to protection.
It also facilitates and energizes communication between the Child Protection Section and its target audience (youth and children) to make it less formal and fluid. The platform also serves to raise awareness and advocacy to enable young people and children to participate directly in the fight against violations of their rights. The development of prevention strategies against the most serious violations to which young people and children are most exposed, including violent extremism, religious radicalism, insecurity in schools, sexual crimes, is also part of the objectives.
Finally, the space of exchange contributes to the protection and the well-being of the children through the creation of a platform of dialogue on the problems which concern them.