This week at Media Voices, we have two videos from the Global March Against Child Labour (known in India as Bachpan Bachao Andolan), Not Made by Children and #dontlookaway. Not Made by Children is a toolkit for individuals and NGOs and government to use in pressing for change on the issue of child labor. The [...]
“A tool kit for understanding the realities, responses and responsibilities of stakeholders” – A Film by Global March Against Child Labour
A report on alternatives to detention for immigrant families and unaccompanied minors by the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe. The report focuses on better approaches in Belgium, Germany and the UK.
Report from the Women’s Refugee Commission on a new directive helping parents caught between the immigration and the child welfare systems in the United States.
The temper tantrums of the Party of Me have pushed other issues to one side, issues that desperately need to be addressed. Last weekend saw rallies demanding immigration reform – again – but most journalists were preoccupied with the government shutdown and that story slipped below the fold. It shouldn’t. Immigration, legal and otherwise, is [...]
As we enter the third week of the farce being enacted in Washington – may the shutdown be over by the time this is published, please God! – we’re thinking of the casual interruption of essential nutrition assistance programs like WIC, and the lasting damage it is doing to infants and young children. It is [...]
The UNHCR recently marked a grim milestone in the Syrian refugee crisis. The number of refugees and internally displaced people fleeing the civil war has reached 2 million. Unicef estimates that 1 million of those refugees are children. This is putting significant strain on neighboring countries. Take Lebanon, for example, where Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently [...]
A new report commissioned by A World at School and authored by the Overseas Development Institute‘s Kevin Watkins makes plain the desperate plight of Syria’s child refugees in Lebanon. – See more at: http://gordonandsarahbrown.com/2013/09/bringing-education-without-borders-to-syrian-children-3/#sthash.csK56uTx.dpuf
The text of the complaint sent to the World Bank Inspection Panel demanding an investigation into the World Bank Rural Enterprise Support Project – Phase II, which failed to address the systemic nature of forced labor in the cotton sector in Uzbekistan, thus paving the way for additional support and making the World Bank complicit in the coerced exploitation of Uzbek civil servants, medical personnel and teachers and their students, whose backs support the cotton industry.
Report by the Uzbek German Forum and the Cotton Campaign on the ongoing systemic problem of forced labor in the Uzbekistan cotton sector in 2012
Reports from local human rights researchers on forced labor in various regions of Uzbekistan; civil servants, medical personnel and teachers and students alike forced to weed and clear the fields for planting cotton for the profit of a small group of high government officials. Students yanked out of class just ahead of final exams were assured that their work in the fields would be rewarded with good grades. Whew! Had me worried there, for a moment.
Dr. Mariana Chilton of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University explains food insecurity
Part II Children’s Health Watch research brief on food insecurity and its effects on the workforce in the US.
Part I of a set of research briefs by Children’s Health Watch on food insecurity and its effects on academic attainment and tomorrow’s workforce.
September 2013 Economic Research Report released by the US Department of Agriculture on food security in the United States. Not as much improvement as you’d expect, given the economic crash is now five years ago, and many sectors of the economy have shown improvement.
Written testimony Tianna Gaines-Turner, a member of Witnesses to Hunger, submitted to the House Budget Committee for a hearing on the progress on the “War on Poverty.” No one living in poverty was invited to testify at the hearing in person, but Tianna was allowed to submit her testimony in writing.
It sounds reductive to say that it’s about the girls. Poor boys are also in need, hungry, exploited, etc. But the particular vulnerability of girls in poverty to early marriage and the health problems that attend early pregnancy, to exploitative employment up to and including slavery, to exclusion from educational opportunity ensures that the grip [...]
Meredith May and Carlos Avila Gonzales of the San Francisco Chronicle report on Olga Murray’s work in Nepal persuading parents not to sell their daughters into kamlari servitude, by giving each family their choice of a piglet or a goat to replace the income and supporting the girls in school. Murray takes the long view; patiently, doggedly, she and her associates work to change people’s minds about the kamlari system. More than 4000 Nepali girls owe their education to Murray’s NGO, Nepal Youth Foundation. The positive effects of her work for the future of Nepal are incalculable.
Courtesy of The Pulitzer Center
An extraordinary speech by 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai before the United Nations calling for universal compulsory education for all children “We cannot succeed when half of us are held back”.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. Worldwide, the report is used by international organizations, foreign governments, and nongovernmental organizations alike as a tool to examine where resources are most needed. Freeing victims, preventing trafficking, and bringing traffickers to justice are the ultimate goals of the report and of the U.S Government’s anti-human trafficking policy.
In the TIP Report, the Department of State places each country onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” found in Section 108 of the TVPA. While Tier 1 is the highest ranking, it does not mean that a country has no human trafficking problem. On the contrary, a Tier 1 ranking indicates that a government has acknowledged the existence of human trafficking, made efforts to address the problem, and complies with the TVPA’s minimum standards.
This week at Media Voices, we have very big news! The third film in our series, THE SAME HEART, has launched a crowd-funding campaign at IndieGoGo to raise the money to edit and finish the film. We have six years in, and the film is shot and partially cut. We’re very excited to have gotten [...]