©UNICEF /2004 - Senegal: Ourey Sall (on the left) and her assistant, during a public declaration ceremony, UNICEF/2004

Bulletin year 2009 number 7

UNICEF and partners have increasingly recognized the importance of social norms and their effect on the survival, development and protection of children. Much effort has been made to understand how and why harmful social practices that compromise the realization of children’s rights persist and are perpetuated by families and communities in spite of being a risk to children health, education and development. Understanding the factors that perpetuate harmful social practices and how these factors interact with transformative processes are critical to understanding why and how communities can move towards the abandonment of such practices. Innocenti Special Series