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

Christina Fialho | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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?

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.