On Thursday, Netherlands' Ambassador to Cairo H.E. Han-Maurits Schaapveld and UNICEF Representative in Egypt Jeremy Hopkins inaugurated an exhibition in Downtown Cairo to showcase the talents of children who benefited from UNICEF child protection interventions.
This exhibition also marks the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls.
More than 50 pieces of art and paintings from the children were displayed highlighting the importance of providing protection and a safe environment for self-expression for every child.
The exhibition showed individualistic pieces that tell stories of resilience and hope.
The event was attended by Ms. Somaya Al-Alfi, Head of the Central Department for Planning and Follow-up at the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) on behalf of Eng. Nivine Osman, Secretary General of NCCM, Ms. Elena Panova, the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt, Government counterparts and development partners, as well as UNICEF partners; the Egyptian Association for Societal Consolidation (EASC) and CARITAS.
In her address, Nivine Osman, Secretary General of NCCM said: “I am honored to participate in this celebration that took place within the framework of implementing one of the rights of the child, which is participation through the establishment of this exhibition, that includes drawings of talented children who have benefited from rehabilitation activities supported by the child protection program and implemented by UNICEF in cooperation with the partner associations."
"One of the most important elements of the psychological rehabilitation of children is to enable them to express themselves through art," she added.
In turn, Dutch Ambassador to Egypt said, “The Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Egypt supports through the PROSPECTS partnership this important work. We are happy to be part of this exhibition which shows the importance of safe spaces for children and supports their creative expression.”
Meanwhile, Hopkins said: “Art is an inspiring tool that helps children produce amazing pieces. UNICEF is committed to continue supporting the most vulnerable children, we have been working in partnership with the Egyptian government and civil society to end violence against children in all settings. This includes providing the most vulnerable children and their families with access to rehabilitation and empowerment opportunities.”
Since 2018 to date, more than 420,000 children were provided with Child Protection and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services through UNICEF-supported programs in partnership with the government and civil society, according to UNICEF.