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Childrens Rights

Poverty Stinks: Why Children Are Fleeing Guatemala

Kassia Binkowski | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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?

New Global Child Support Convention Holds Promise for Millions of Children Worldwide

Ulysses Smith | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Ulysses Smith

When global statistics show that single parents face disproportionately high rates of poverty, the importance of collecting cross-border child support cannot be overstated.

The Most Tragic Consequence of Child Maltreatment

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The abuse and neglect of children can have awful consequences that last a lifetime. And sometimes that lifetime is all too short. Child maltreatment k...

Read Aloud. Change the World.

Pam Allyn | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Children who grow up as readers become engaged citizens of the global world, and every child deserves that right to read.

This Day in History in 1969: Tinker v. Des Moines Case Wins Free Speech Rights for Students

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students. But the basic precedent of Tinker remains -- that students do have free speech rights in public schools.

8 Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Christine M. Ristaino

If your child has ADHD you might be thinking of ways to start off 2014 on the right foot. Advocating for your child this year might be all it takes to change a stressful environment into one in which you and your child both feel supported.

Clean Drinking Water Can Save Lives -- Through 'Water Education'

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Can education save the one out of every five children in India who die before the age of 5 from infections caused by dirty water? I believe it can, and I believe India's 500 million children are the ones who can and must lead the transformation in hygiene practices that can save these lives and help address the nation's water crisis.

Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Child

Pam Allyn | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Children are so vulnerable. Their wellbeing has little to do with how hard they work, or their "grit" or persistence. It has everything to do with circumstance. Let's make 2014 a new kind of commitment to our world's children.

Transform Your Giving: Be an Everyday Philanthropist

Victoria Dunning | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

I'm no Rockefeller, but I am an everyday philanthropist. Some call it "charity," some "donating," some respond when asked to sponsor a friend's half-marathon effort for a good cause.

The Not-So-Humble Backpack: Equipping Girls for Greatness

Victoria Dunning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

At the Global Fund for Children, we believe that the metaphor of the backpack -- a symbol of learning, mobility and independence -- and its contents could help girls control, and indeed transform, their own destinies.

Stand Up for Girls Today: We Are Each Other's Strength

Pam Allyn | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Today is the International Day of the Girl. I want you to stand up at noon for every girl's right to tell her story. It sounds like a simple thing -- to stand up at noon. The action itself may be simple, but the statement and the intention behind the action is profound.

When Girls Lead, Nations Follow

Victoria Dunning | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Bold, brave, smart, sporty and she speaks out against injustice (including unfair bedtimes). That's my nine-year-old daughter. On International Day of the Girl Child, our hope is that all girls will have the freedom to speak out.

The Road to Resilience

Amy Spies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Spies

"Why {are} some people...able to survive the worst and others aren't?" CNN's Anderson Cooper wondered after Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight bravely confronted her adductor Ariel Castro in court.

Navy Blue Vision Coming Into Fruition

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, spoke eloquently in support of developing a land of tolerance in many countries. I imagined President Rouhani one day join him, recreating the land of tolerance Iran once was.

Stand Up for Girls

Pam Allyn | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Together we will carry forward the stories of girls who could be and should be able to live out all of their dreams, for there are at least 523 million girls in the world who cannot read.

Why Women Should Support California Senate Bill 115

Carol Chodroff | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Carol Chodroff

Too many children lack loving, supportive, stable caregivers in their lives. When our laws deprive our children of ongoing, loving relationships with the only parents they have ever known, we must all speak up on behalf of our children to preserve and protect those relationships.

Conflict Grave for Children in 21 Countries

Anai Rhoads | Posted 06.19.2013 | World
Anai Rhoads

Despite efforts to protect them from violence, the United Nation (UN) reports children are taking the brunt of the rising anger adults are inflicting upon one another. Basically, children are caught in the cross-fire.

Attacks on Schools in Syria: Children Interrogated, Arrested

Human Rights Watch | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

(London) – The Syrian government has interrogated students and carried out violent assaults on their protests and military attacks on schools,&n...

Death in a Gymnasium: The Tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma

Clark Power | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Clark Power

If we are willing to build gymnasiums and ball fields for our children to play in, shouldn't we be willing to invest as well in their safety and welfare? We shouldn't stop at building safe rooms in areas like Moore.