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2021 Cities Inspire Awards Finalists

Category 1: Child Participation

YAZD, IRAN
Shahramooz

The Shahramooz Summer School builds the skills of child advocates by teaching children about participation, citizenship, and life in their city. 

2021 Inspire Awards WINNER!AVILÉS, SPAIN
Avilés Child and Youth Council – Children Shaping Our City

The Avilés Child and Youth Council offers all children in the city a chance to be heard – with real impact on the lives of children and the broader community. 

WANJU COUNTY, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Wanju County Child and Youth Parliament

The Wanju County Child and Youth Parliament is a platform for children and young people to voice their concerns, creating tangible changes in their everyday life. 

Category 2: Child-Friendly Social Services

2021 Inspire Awards WINNER!BAKHMUT, UKRAINE
The SPILNO (Jointly) Project

The project ‘SPILNO (Jointly)’ creates a continuum of social services for children with disabilities all the way from early intervention to adequate services and follow-up. 

HAFNARFJÖRÐUR, ICELAND
The Bridge

The Bridge brings together all services within the municipality to address the needs of children holistically, providing better and timely support to children and their families in challenging situations. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Our Zone – Protecting Children from Violence

By using low-cost and replicable methodologies, the Our Zone project has changed child protection worker’s perceptions, improved services, and safeguarded children in low-income areas of Rio de Janeiro. 

Category 3: Child Poverty Reduction and Social Protection

LISBON, PORTUGAL
Desporto Mexe Comigo – Sport Inspires Me

The Desporto Mexe Comigo -project offers access to free sports activities in low-income neighborhoods of Lisbon, building social cohesion and self-confidence. 

LVIV, UKRAINE
Social Design School Pix Lab

The Social Design School Pix Lab equips children from low-income families with 21st century skills to change their perception of their future opportunities. 

2021 Inspire Awards WINNER!BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA
District Strategy for Children

The District Strategy for Children presents a territorial approach to protecting children from the impacts of poverty, such as child labour.  

Category 4: Safe, Clean, Sustainable and Child-Friendly Environments

TUMACO, COLOMBIA
Fall in Love with the Free Wind Neighborhood

The comprehensive ‘Fall in Love with the Free Wind Neighborhood’ intervention strategy brings together different local actors to increase safety in the most dangerous areas of Tumaco. 

2021 Inspire Awards WINNER!SAN FRANCISCO, USA
Heron’s Head Nature Exploration Area

The Heron’s Head Nature Exploration Area encourages people of all ages to engage with diverse natural elements, while promoting more equal access to outdoor play and nature. 

RIO QUITO, COLOMBIA
Protective Environments for Children and Adolescents

Rio Quito has created protective environments for children through investments in play, participation, cultural activities and improved urban planning – successfully reducing violence against children. 

Category 5: Play, Leisure and Family Time

2021 Inspire Awards WINNER!REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Brixenpark: A Child-friendly and Inclusive Park for All

Brixenpark is a result of working together with children from all backgrounds. Built on a former army base, it provides a green and playful space for all citizens. 

NAVAPOLATSK, BELARUS
“V Dvizhenii” (In Motion)

V Dzizhenii is an interactive boardgame that teaches children about their rights – in a playful way! 

BUCARAMANGA, COLOMBIA
Santanter, a Protective Scenario Through Family Play!

The initiative, implemented in 87 municipalities in the Department of Santander, creates safe and loving family environments through playful parenting. 

Category 6: Child-Friendly Governance

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Sharjah Child Friendly City Project

The Sharjah Child Friendly City Project sets a comprehensive vision for making the city fit for children through awareness raising and participation, child-friendly policies, and improved services. 

WANJU COUNTY, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Wanju County UNICEF CFCI Strategic Planning Project Development

Wanju County’s Child Friendly City strategy places children’s rights and opinions at the center of local policies, budgets and decisions. 

2021 Inspire Awards WINNER!BERBERA, SOMALIA (SOMALILAND)
Local Government-led Decentralized Basic Service Delivery

By investing in a stronger local capacity for planning, budgeting and citizen participation, Berbera has successfully expanded access to healthcare and education for children – with impressive results. 

The Child Friendly Cities and Local Governments Inspire Awards (‘Cities Inspire Awards’) are a celebration of inspiring and promising child friendly practices in cities and communities. The Cities Inspire Awards are not an endorsement — express or implied — by UNICEF of the awarded participants nor the accuracy of the information contained, or the views expressed, in the participants’ submissions. The Cities Inspire Awards are not a recognition of the concerned cities and communities as child friendly.

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