As part of the project, ‘Action Against Gender-Based Violence Affecting Refugee and Migrant Women and Children’, UNICEF country offices in Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece have been implementing activities to strengthen the system for protection from gender-based violence (GBV) in line with the existent promising practices and international standards. During September 2017–August 2018, 7 trainings were organized for 75 frontline workers from different sectors working with refugee and migrant children.
On 19 September, an awards ceremony was organized for the participants of the training, during which the UNICEF representative in Bulgaria, Dr. Jane Muita, emphasized the importance of working on preventing GBV among refugee and migrant children:
‘We are delighted that these trainings have served as a good starting point in enhancing knowledge and skills of frontline workers on gender-based violence. Refugee and migrant children, including unaccompanied children, are especially vulnerable to violence and exploitation at the hands of smugglers and traffickers. We are aware that addressing their specific vulnerabilities involves coping with the complexity of challenges. Therefore, addressing these challenges in a sustainable and long-term way requires cooperation and coordination among all relevant institutions and organizations. UNICEF will continue to work with the State agency for Refugees and other partners to support initiatives for ensuring sustainability and building upon the results achieved so far’.