Mayaa SH is a multi National Award Winner Author in India , an Artist and a Women Empowerment Culturist. She is a double world recorder for her upcoming book “ Sindoori” which reflects on the ideas and self belief that women must carry within themselves in order to be courageous and strong in life.The book is a collection of golden thoughts that echo Strength , Resilience, Harmony , Creativity and Emotional Balance In Life .Women need to be empowered in all walks of Life and also within themselves . It is time for the world and global bodies to recognize the important role that women can and are playing in conflict resolution and community building.. She is certified on various Records Of Achievement In Courses from the World Health Organisation (WHO) like Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health, Introducing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Emergencies etc. and is Certified On Building Gender IQ- Powered by UN WOMEN, PWC(PricewaterhouseCoopers) And HeForShe, Disability Inclusion connected Humanitarian Coordination, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Inclusive connection module, Strategies to fortify the Social Service Workforce for Child Protection, An Introduction to Thinking and Working Politically, Understanding unit against women and girls, Introduction to Child Protection by United Nations. Mayaa has written on various topics like Feminism, Transforming Vision Into Action: Transmogrification on Transgender Community and Mental Health Awareness Topics and has more than 50 plus anthologies to her accolades. She is also a signatory of CEDAW -an international treaty on the rights of women and WEDO that advocates women’s equality in global policy. She is an avid motivator of uplifting women across all sections of the society by navigating them through emotions and empowering them to rekindle hope and self-belief. Her work depicts the identity, economic and social freedom of many.
She has received recognition from the Exclusive World Book of Records Global Pledge for Campaign to follow the guidelines of WHO during the pandemic with a Certificate of Awareness. The drive has played a key role in generating awareness in people across the world to join hands in the fight against COVID-19. She has been featured among top 8 Exceptional Women Of India and 36 self made personalities and Five Passionate People Of India , Top 25 incredible Talents of India , A Youth Icon on a leading magazine on Spreading Awareness on Mental Health as the voice of Youth is the Voice of Tomorrow etc. and holds many more accolades to her name .Mayaa’s constant dedication to looking at ways to enable women to be self confident has led her record many podcasts on Karma , Determination and few more areas that highlight on how to stay healthy and strong even during the time of adversity .
What is Child Protection ?
The prevention of and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence against children. Every child has the right to live free from violence, exploitation and abuse. Violence against children takes many forms. It can be physical, emotional or sexual. It happens in all countries and any setting – in a child’s home, community, school or online. And for many children, violence comes at the hands of the people they trust.
What do you think is included in an interagency collaboration in a child welfare driven system ?
Interagency collaboration, a core principle in systems of care, focuses on bringing together and engaging critical stakeholders, such as juvenile justice, mental health, education, law enforcement, and Tribal authorities, in a coordinated and integrated effort to serve children whose needs cross multiple system. this approach is designed to improve the capacity of human service agencies to strengthen and support families involved in public child welfare through a set of six guiding principles:
- Interagency collaboration;
- Individualized strengths-based care;
- Cultural and linguistic competence;
- Child, youth, and family involvement;
- Community-based services, and;
How do you think COVID-19 changed and had an impact on quarantine measures such as school closures and restrictions on movements in disruption in children’s routine?
For children living in households where intimate partner violence and/or child abuse occurred and the risks have been acute. In addition, young and adolescent girls were more likely to have had to take on additional caring burdens within the household and were more at risk of domestic violence and forced marriage. School closures carried high social and economic costs for people across communities.Few disruptions augment already existing disparities within the education system: This included interrupted learning , poor nutrition , violence, gaps in childcare , parents confused and unprepeared for distance education , rise in dropout rates ,social isolation , mental stress, ambiguity in planning calendared assessments, notably high-stakes examinations that determined admission or advancement to new education levels and institutions etc.
What is your advise on Child Protection and Mental Health ?
Adverse experiences in early childhood also have a negative impact on young children’s overall development and so, if not addressed, may lead to adverse outcomes in later years. For instance, children’s exposure to frequent and prolonged abuse, neglect, violence, substance abuse in caregivers, family and economic stressors, and poor attachment relations negatively impacts their mental health, neurodevelopment, psychosocial development and academic functioning .Mental health is impacted by increasing the risk of internalizing and externalizing problems such as anxiety, depression and suicide antisocial behavior and psychopathy , substance abuse, and legal problems in their adult life . The risks of adverse childhood experiences also combine with the disciplinary strategies used with children, including all forms of corporal punishment, to result in increased risk of negative behavioral, cognitive, psychosocial, and emotio-nal outcomes among children.
Counselling services are available to help children and young people with their mental health. Services can include helplines, one-to-one counselling sessions in person, online or by phone, and online chats and forums. Children and young people can get free, confidential support from a Childline counsellor via online chat, email or phone.This can be done to listen to and provide advice to any concerns about topics, ranging from exam stress to depression and suicidal thoughts.Children can be encouraged to express via :
- Art box to write or draw about their feelings
- Calm zone with breathing exercises
- Games to help relax and de-stress.
Parents and Schools should pave effective ways to understand how to create and implement effective systems, policies and practices to identify, prevent and respond to harm and abuse within your school community. They must also endeavour to address challenges facing international school communities as they strive to interpret various cultural attitudes, laws and actions in addressing forms of abuse,Develop knowledge of age-appropriate, healthy relationship education for children and young people based upon new UNESCO and WHO guidelines.