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Childrens Rights

The Most Tragic Consequence of Child Maltreatment

Michael Piraino | Posted 03.24.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

Mass. Problems for Kids

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Bill Lichtenstein

The lawsuit, filed by the New York-based Children's Rights, charges that Massachusetts has one of the nation's highest rates of abuse of foster children in the country.

World Read Aloud Day: Building a Worldwide Literacy Community

Pam Allyn | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

When you read aloud today, you are standing up for every person's fundamental right to read. And while today many thousands of people join us in this advocacy, the change we create will happen because we are linking our voices together with many small moments.

Share the Gift of Story on World Read Aloud Day

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Reading aloud delivers a deep comfort for a child. In stories, they find a safe place to return to, and tools to navigate life. Books provide a risk-free environment to grapple with the world's big questions.

One Man's Crusade for 'Room to Read' for Children Without Books

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 04.12.2013 | Impact
Gail Vida Hamburg

"Perhaps, Sir, you will someday come back with books." The words were uttered in 1998 by the headmaster of a grade school in Bahundanda, Nepal -- that had a library, but no books -- to John Wood, a stressed out American senior executive at Microsoft, who was trekking the area's famed Annapurna Circuit.

India: Child Sex Abuse Shielded by Silence and Neglect

Human Rights Watch | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

(New Delhi) – The Indian government should improve protections for children from sexual abuse as part of broader reform efforts following the ga...

Today Is the Day of the Child's Story

Pam Allyn | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Today IS the day. Because today might have been the day one of those beautiful children lost another tooth, or learned to whistle, or sang a new song, or read for the first time, or made an art project, or wrote a story.

Ask Nigeria's President What Happened to $4 Million

Human Rights Watch | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

Join Social Media Campaign to Save Lives (Abuja) – The Nigerian government’s failure to produce promised funding to address the worst...

Young People and the NYPD -- Reflections on Universal Children's Day

Nahal Zamani | Posted 01.26.2013 | New York
Nahal Zamani

Stops are no minor inconvenience; they can be traumatic, violating and humiliating. The Center for Constitutional Rights has heard testimonies from people who experienced a range of inappropriate and abusive behaviors by police.