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Childrens Rights

Our Family Courts Routinely Fail to Dispense Justice for Victims of Family Violence

Randy Burton | Posted 09.30.2015 | Crime
Randy Burton

Our family courts have subjugated the right of a child to be raised in an environment free from abuse and neglect to the parents' supposed right to do as they see fit with their "property" for so long that it is second nature to force children to live in unacceptably dangerous "homes."

Can 500 Cameras Change Refugee Children's Lives?

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

All Photographs (c) Zakira, Courtesy of Zakira The refugee crisis is all over the news. The European Union home affairs ministers will hold emergen...

Together, I Want Us All To Carry On

Danielle Gletow | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Whether people reading this decide to support Carry On or they decide to get involved in another luggage program from another organization for youth in foster care, I will be happy. Because the goal is to make sure that NO child ever has to pack their belongings in anything but proper luggage.

School Discipline: Standing Up for All Children in the Public School System

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Stacey Steinberg

Two kindergartners were sent to the principal's office during their second week of school. One hit a little girl after she refused to share a toy. The other smacked a little boy after he cut to the front in the lunch line.

Paying Your Rent in Full: A Call to Servant Leadership

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Like many aspiring lawyers, I decided to attend law school because I wanted to make a difference in the world. I was committed to eliminating child poverty, supporting education programs, ending mass incarceration and this was only the beginning of my to-do list. Law school provided me with the advocacy tools to take a stand for justice.

Presidential Wannabes Call for Greater Citizen Equality - Except When It Comes to Our Youngest Citizens

Christopher Phillips | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Calls for greater equality are all the rage among many candidates for the highest office in the land. For Lawrence Lessig, a widely admired advocate for campaign finance reform who just threw his hat in the ring, "citizen equality" is what matters.

We Can Do Better Than This: The Foster Care Bill of Rights

Danielle Gletow | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

The fact that the state of Delaware, or any state for that matter, needs to have a formal law carefully outlining such basic definitions of quality care concerned me greatly. It concerned me, but unfortunately I can't say it surprised me.


Battersby Duo | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Battersby Duo

Our diversity makes us interesting, debate makes us stronger but, equality permits us a level playing field. We took a sweet and simple approach that, reminds us all to respect one another, and wrote the song "FREEDOM."

Gaza's Children 'Emotionally Shattered' One Year After War

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2015 | World

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON, July 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The majority of children living in areas of Gaza hardest-hit during last year's co...

Cameroon Locked Up 84 Children For Months After 'Boko Haram' School Raids

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 06.19.2015 | World

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Cameroonian authorities have been holding 84 children — some as young as 5 years old — for months without charge after off...

Premature Matriculation: The Ethics of Registering Future Children to Nurseries

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Silvia Camporesi

Registering children to nursery before they exist really seems to be the extreme, and raises many ethical questions. The first one relates to the non-identity problem developed by British philosopher Derek Parfit.

Teen Uses Homemade Prom Dress As Message Board For Girls' Rights

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact

Instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on a dress to celebrate one evening, Erinne Paisley thought she'd help girls around the world access education...

What a 6-Year-Old Taught Me About Epilepsy

Melissa Gil | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Gil

I met Nicole one Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. outside the doctors office. My heart broke. She was incapable of standing on her own. Her mother explained Nicole had as many as 15 seizures a day. She had been going to a general hospital and was being medicated.

Breaking Convention to Fight Extreme Poverty: Why I'm Releasing the FXBVillage Methodology

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Can an "open-source" approach move us closer toward the growing movement to end extreme poverty by 2030? I believe it can. That is why, after 26 year...

This Isn't Just a Skateboard

Danielle Gletow | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

When I started One Simple Wish in 2008 a few people told me they probably wouldn't ever grant a wish because they didn't think giving kids "stuff" was really going to make much of a difference in their lives.

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

Danielle Gletow | Posted 06.02.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 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.