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Childrens Rights

I Don't Want to Fail You: An Open Letter to Foster Children

Danielle Gletow | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

I want you to know that you matter. I want you to see past the simplicity and perhaps the overuse of that statement to the heart of what it means. You matter. Your ideas, your talents, your dreams, your wishes...they all matter.

This Shouldn't Be a Wish

Danielle Gletow | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Nyasia shouldn't have to wish for warm, fuzzy boots. But she does. And every day I am reminded that there are thousands of other kids in foster care and group homes around our country that are just like her. Their wishes are so simple it can break your heart.

New Obama Plan Aims To Get Tens Of Millions Of Girls In School Worldwide

Associated Press | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying every girl "has value," President Barack Obama announced a more focused government effort Tuesday to help tens of millions ...

Here's What's Being Done To Get Child Laborers Working 16-Hour Days Off Of U.S. Tobacco Fields

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact

Advocates are speaking out on behalf of child workers' health and well-being after a bill that would have regulated Virginia's tobacco farming industr...

Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children's Rights?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Treaty ratification requires support from two-thirds of the U.S. Senate―a level of support that has been lacking thanks to Republican Party opposition and, especially, the fierce hostility of the conservative Republican base, including groups like the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the John Birch Society.

Attacks on Rights of Children Growing on All Fronts

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

It seems to me that more and more, children are being singled out for punishment, retribution and abuse probably because they are such easy targets and really pose little or no threat of retaliation.

UN: ISIS Reportedly Crucified, Buried Children Alive In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as se...

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...

Human Trafficking Victim Has Emotional Reunion With Family, 24 Years After Abduction

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact

Sun Bin was able to hug his father and sister for the first time in 24 years on Tuesday, after being torn away from his family by child traffickers in...

Rising to the Challenge...in Italy

Christina Pacella | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Christina Pacella

Ten year old Piero ( imaginary name) wakes up every morning at six a.m. He washes his hands and face, brushes his teeth, combs his hair, gets dressed and rushes down the stairs.

Children's Rights...Any of Our Business?

Badr Jafar | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business
Badr Jafar

When Malala Yousafzai collected her World's Children's Prize in Stockholm last month, she donated her prize money to help rebuild schools in Gaza.

Celebrating 25 Years of Children's Rights, From Inside Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Christina Fialho

Even with President Obama's executive action on immigration, families will continue to be separated, detained and deported. We can only hope that on the next significant CRC anniversary, no child in the United States will be a victim of such an inhumane government-sanctioned practice.

American Teen Wins Children's Peace Prize For Empowering Orphans In India

Associated Press | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An American teenager has won a prestigious international prize for her charitable work to help orphans in India and ot...

The Legal Loopholes That Perpetuate Child Marriage

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

Between today and this time next year, around 15 million girls under the age of 18 will be married -- joining the ranks of another 700 million former child brides around the world, including 250 million who were married before the age of 15.

Winning the War for Children's Rights: An Army of Children?

Anika Rahman | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
Anika Rahman

If I can succeed in raising my 10-year old daughter to be aware of the plight of children and to understand that she can be a part of a global solution seeking community, then perhaps I would have made the greatest contribution to the future.

Nobel Peace Prize Creates Important Moment For Interfaith Unity

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion

History pits them against each other, but a fiery passion united this year’s interfaith Nobel Peace Prize winners around the common goal of children...

Why Aren't Kids Part of 'All Men Are Created Equal'?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

How different might things be if our youngest were voters? They'd be a powerful constituency whose vote politicians would covet. As a result, my hunch is that we'd have much more funding for education.

Remembering Atefah

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Ali Ahmadi

It's important to not forget how fortunate some of us are. It's equally important to not forget what happened to Atefah and what's happening to a multitude of children in Iran. If we forget, we declare our complacency with the human rights situation in Iran.

Poverty Stinks: Why Children Are Fleeing Guatemala

Kassia Binkowski | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Kassia Binkowski

Photo Credit: Kassia Binkowski, 2014 The sweet stench of stale urine, that's what comes to mind. It's a putrid smell so raw with humanity, so perva...

The Countdown Starts Now

Sarah Brown | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Sarah Brown

Despite significant progress allowing tens of millions of children to enroll into school at the start of the millennium, a recent estimate suggested that at the current rate we must wait until 2086 for the last girl to have a primary education in Africa.

A Girl No One Would Adopt

Danielle Gletow | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

I want to challenge all of you who have decided that children in foster care are "broken" or "needy" or "too much to handle" to look beyond what you can read on our website or any other adoption or foster care website.

Bolivia Passes Law To Allow 10-Year-Olds To Work

AP | Posted 07.05.2014 | World

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's Congress has passed legislation to allow children as young age 10 to work as long as it does not interfere with the...

Making Every Day the Day of the African Child

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

As we celebrate the Day of the African Child this week, we hold in our hearts the brave Nigerian schoolgirls -- those in captivity, those who have escaped, the thousands whose fearless assertion of their right to an education has put them now at such risk.

The Real Nature of America's Child Migrant Crisis

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

If the Obama administration wants to assuage this migrant crisis, it should invest in strengthening and providing these children, and American children, with educational and cultural literacy programs. The U.S. cannot eliminate the violence, crime, and instability that exist in these countries.

I Don't Care About Autism

Danielle Gletow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Have I offended you yet? Have you already started crafting a nasty comment to post below?