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Child Rights

An historic move towards ending child slavery in India

Monique Villa | Posted 12.13.2016 | World
Monique Villa

Imagine eight children, all former slaves, singing their hearts out to the President of India. Imagine this taking place in the grand and opulent Rash...

Education a key driver to deliver climate action

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 11.23.2016 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

In light of the outcome of the US elections it is even more important to keep in mind that 2016 will be another hottest year on record. As government ...

Letting Girls Be Children – Not Mothers

Emma Saloranta | Posted 10.10.2016 | Impact
Emma Saloranta

International Day of the Girl is celebrated on 11 October each year. Around the world NGOs, civil society groups, UN agencies, government bodies and i...

Youth key to the success of the SDGs in Kenya

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Elected national Children's Government of Kenya for 2016. Photo credit: UNICEF Kenya\2016\Gakuo. Co-authored with Werner Schultink, UNICEF, Kenya ...

If Elected, Clinton Could Give Children's Treaty A Decisive Boost

Adam Fifield | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Adam Fifield

The best chance of moving the CRC forward now rests with the very woman who pledged her country would sign it more than two decades ago.

More Men Than Women Oppose Female Genital Mutilation In These Countries

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 07.19.2016 | Impact

In some countries, men oppose female genital mutilation at a higher rate than women ― even though it is considered an act of violence against women....

The Ethical Implications of Digitally Spying on Your Children

Harold Stark | Posted 06.14.2016 | Technology
Harold Stark

In a perfect world, we are all kind and compassionate and honest towards our family. We respect our elders, understand our children and care for our p...

U.N. Takes Saudi-Led Coalition In Yemen Off Child Rights Blacklist

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 06.06.2016 | World

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Monday it had removed the SaudiArabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a child rights blackl...

15 Years of Work on Child Soldiers: Where We've Come and Where We Need to Go

Eva Smets | Posted 02.11.2017 | Impact
Eva Smets

Currently, at least 56 groups in 15 conflicts recruit and use child soldiers, and some of these groups increasingly employ tactics of extreme violence in their recruitment strategies, as well as their methods and means of warfare.

When the Menstrual Cycle Becomes a Question of Human Rights

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 01.05.2017 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

The beneficial link between female education and lifetime health has never been in doubt; a better-educated girl takes better control of her life. She has healthier and fewer children.

The Tyranny of Violence Against Women and Girls: 16 Days of Activism

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.09.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

It is time for every man to start doing something to end the scourge of violence against women and girls in their homes and communities.

On Child Rights Treaty's 26th Anniversary, U.S. Stands Alone

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 11.20.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

Twenty-six years ago this week, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark global treaty establishing binding commitments to uphold children's health, education, and equal opportunities.

Promoting, Protecting and Realising the Rights of Children: A Matter of Political Will

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

Every child has the same human rights as adults. These include the right to life, food, health, education, development, a clean environment and the right to be heard.

Transforming Mandera County's Deadly Reputation For Maternal Health

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 10.18.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

For many women in Mandera County a hard to reach, insecure and arid part of North Eastern Kenya, the story of life from childhood to adulthood is one about sheer pain and struggle for survival.

U.S. Stands Alone: Not Signing U.N. Child Rights Treaty Leaves Migrant Children Vulnerable

B. Shaw Drake | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
B. Shaw Drake

Upon arrival in the United States, children must not be arbitrarily detained, and must be allowed to pursue asylum and reunite with their family as required under U.S. law. International legal norms are clear: detention is never in a child's best interest.

Dominican Children Denied The Human Right to Nationality And Access to Education

B. Shaw Drake | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
B. Shaw Drake

Countless young men and women of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic have been the driving force behind the domestic and international outrage at the denationalization policies of their country.

Speaking Up For Girls' Rights On The Day Of The African Child

Graca Machel | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Graca Machel

Today, as Africa simultaneously commemorates the Day of the African Child and the 25th anniversary of the Charter, we have a rare opportunity to reflect on both progress and challenges in responding to child marriages in Africa.

The Plight of Children in Armed Conflict

Nausheen Khan | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact
Nausheen Khan

It was an ordinary Tuesday for most of us in the world, but for the children of Central African Republic (CAR), the decision taken on this day will have a significant impact on the direction that their lives take in the future. Or simply put, it will mean that they actually have a future.

Anonymous Third Party Reproduction Ignores Children's Rights and Welfare

Mirah Riben | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Parental rights issues -- such as that of Sheena and Tiara Yates -- should never be decided based on the rights of one (or two) parents versus another parent with the omission of the rights of the child to know their genetic heritage. Children are not property and decisions concerning their lives must not ignore their needs and rights.

Dramatic Video Shows Stark Contrast Between Life As A Child Bride And As A School Girl

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact

Girls give up a lot when they are forced into marriage. A video produced by UNICEF highlights how different life is for a child bride as compared t...

U.S. May Soon Stand Alone for Failing to Ratify U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

Bruce Lesley | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Twenty-five years after ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Somalia and the South Sudan are taking steps to join 193 other countries around the world that have ratified the treaty.

The Worst Place in the World for a Child

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Charles Radcliffe

Prison really is the worst place in the world to put a child. Which is why, as a response to juvenile criminality, it should only ever be considered a response of absolute last resort.

In Zimbabwe, Corporal Punishment Is the Preferred Tool for Shaping Children's Behavior

Miriam Mufaro | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Miriam Mufaro

As a mischievous child, being beaten up by parents and relatives for various misdemeanors became normal. I simply thought nothing of it; I did not think there was anything wrong with it.

Century of the Girl Child

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In 1900 social theorist Ellen Key published her prescient manifesto on the future of childhood; Key recognized the importance of centering the child, not just privately but also publicly; within education, care provisions and society more broadly.

Stop the War on Children

Leigh Blake | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Leigh Blake

Being born is a crapshoot. An innocent gentle soul arrives into the world pure and hopeful and looking for love. Depending on where it is born or whom it is born to predicates it's emotional journey.