Three different strands are being considered for strategic action: How to use C4D to address the issues of conflict and violence, and their underlying causes linked to socio-cultural norms and practices How to use C4D to promote and build a culture of peace and safe havens for children at home and in the community and beyond; and How to create an alternative public dialogue through citizen media and social journalism, to counter a culture of media that glorifies aggression and violence, and reinforces stereotypes of girls, women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. Partners are being identified for each age group and initial discussions have been held with the Peace Initiatives Institute, the University of Belfast, Harvard University and Prix Jeunesse. Funding will be sought to move forward on the following in the immediate future: a. Mapping of existing cross-cultural research on the manifestations and underlying causes of violence against children, with a focus on the social norms that drive the Draft Position Paper: Communication for Development – Realizing Strategic Shifts and Accelerating Results for Children Policy and Practice, UNICEF New York, April 2009 7
issues identified above. Since the issues of gender and violence are inextricably linked and since many of the most extreme forms of violence are gender-based, particular emphasis will be paid to the social construction of gender in childhood. This will include social norms related to the definition of masculinity and femininity, patterns of gender discrimination, and the development of gender prescribed roles and normative behaviours; b. Mapping of global, regional, national and local initiatives on ending violence against girls and boys, with a view to identifying innovative and feasible strategies and building a coalition of partners; c. Convening partners to share experiences and ideas, and to help develop a communication-based strategy on ending violence against girls and boys; d. Identifying, collating and analyzing examples of good communication materials and methods on addressing gender discrimination, gender-based violence, and conflict prevention and management, and on the specific issues highlighted above; e. Working with communication and media professionals and NGOs, to promote media literacy and develop an alternative dialogue on issues of masculinity, femininity and conflict, through the use of citizen media and social journalists; f. Initiating policy advocacy efforts at global, regional and country levels to review and reform existing policies on children’s media, to promote respect for diversity, social inclusion, peace and harmony. VII. Working in the context of UN Coherence Introduced in 1986 as an informal mechanism for UN system collaboration, the UN Round Table (UNRT) on Communication for Development (C4D), was regularized in 1994 when the UN General Assembly passed two resolutions on communication for development in the
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