Save the Children’s 2012 State of The World’s Mothers report ranks Niger as the worst country in the world to be a mother. The report shows how low cost solutions like breastfeeding and basic hygiene can save more than 1 million children’s lives each year.
At first glance, the schoolyard seems completely normal. The sounds of children laughing is mixed with the yelling that accompanies the older boys’ football game. As I filmed, I was mobbed by smiling faces and repeatedly asked,”How are you”?
A joint report by UNICEF, UNAIDS, WHO, UNFPA and UNESCO on the current status of the global AIDS epidemic as it affects children and youth.
Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste.
Over an eight-year period, photographer Stephanie Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia. Her multimedia presentation, produced in association with National Geographic, synthesizes this body of work into a call to action. See also the related article here (Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting)
UNAIDS report on the Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive
This Human Rights Watch report documents brutal and long-lasting violence against women and girls by husbands, partners, and family members and the survivors’ struggle to seek protection. Turkey has strong protection laws, setting out requirements for shelters for abused women and protection orders. However, gaps in the law and implementation failures by police, prosecutors, judges, and other officials make the protection system unpredictable at best, and at times downright dangerous.
This week at Media Voices, we’re considering the Third Millennium Development Goal – the one about promoting gender equality in education and empowering women. Or rather, we’re considering its opposite – several extreme examples of female powerlessness, and the ripple effect on their children’s lives and the societies they live in. We have two videos [...]
Around the world, hundreds of thousands of women die every year due to pregnancy-related causes. A new human rights study suggests that discrimination against women plays a significant role in this chronic global problem. This film from the UN in Action examines the situation for mothers in India.
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This is a report issued by Human Rights Watch on the fact that legislative protections for families in the US are weak or non-existent when it comes to paid maternity/paternity leave.
For a comparison of country policies on family leave, see the Appendix
The 2011 Unicef report on the State of the World’s Children focuses on the particular problems and opportunities of adolescence.