Entries under ‘girls’


What is innocence? Is it lack of experience? Freedom from guile or sin or bad behavior? Is it nearness to beauty, to God? Innocence is what we expect of a child. It’s the terrain of childhood, of the beginning. It was why they gave me the silver dollar. There was no reason not to. I [...]

Shooting ‘I Have Something to Tell You’

The shoot in Liberia immediately presented itself to me as an opportunity to do something a little different from my usual verité-influenced documenting of a project for a client. For starters, I had two of the best project managers/partners a filmmaker could ask for in Louis Vigneault (of UNICEF) and Chernor Bah (of UNFPA). They [...]

I Have Something to Tell You

Young girls in Liberia share their experiences and their hopes for rebuilding their war-torn country. Produced and directed by Loch Phillipps (Off Ramp Films) for Unicef and UNFPA with the help of the Liberia Youth Network.

Water is Life
Water is Life: Women and Water in Kibera

The international water shortage has created numerous challenges for populations in both rural and urban communities. In the slums of Nairobi, Kenya finding water and a solution falls disproportionately on women – especially young girls. Video by Jake Naughton, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

refugee girls
Refugee Girls: The Invisible Face of War

A report by the Women’s Refugee Commission on the dangers peculiar to being a refugee while being a girl.

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Breaking Rocks – Child labor in Mines and Quarries

Child labor is the primary focus this week at Media Voices. In March, we posted ¿Soy Niño?, graphic footage of children working in the mining sector in the mountains of Peru. Now the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, IRIN, has produced a film about children working in quarries in Sierra Leone, “Breaking [...]

A Joyful Welcome !

This week at Media Voices we welcome a new contributor, Marti Wilson-Taylor, the Chief Administrator of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA. In her Viewpoint, The Beat of Child’s Heart, she relates the excitement of a country that is preparing to welcome the world to Africa’s first World Cup, to be held in June. Beyond [...]

End Poverty-Make it Happen
Make It Happen- End Poverty MDG 2015

This short film from the United Nations describes the 8 time-based Millennium Development Goals.

Girls in Afghanistan

In the UNICEF report on The State of the World’s Children issued last week, it emerged that Afghanistan is the most dangerous country in the world to be a child, particularly a girl child. Child mortality is the highest in the world, as more than one fourth of all babies (257 of 1,000) die before [...]

Pass it On!

The more time you spend on the Media Voices web site, the easier it will become to understand why we consider subscribing and sharing our information with your friends to be the equivalent of Taking Action for children. Look at the stories we have posted in just the past few days. Unfortunately, they describe the [...]

Because I Am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2009

This report, prepared by Plan International, examines the rights of girls throughout their childhood, adolescence and as young women. Focusing on girls in the global economy, the report warns that failing to send girls to school is costing the world’s poorest of countries billions of dollars each year. No education means girls are confined to dangerous, unskilled work- neglecting their earning potential and slowing a country’s recovery from the current financial crisis. The global economic downturn also means girls in the developing world are the first to lose their jobs, may end up in the sex trade and re more likely to die young.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind-Why Education Matters

Too often we see Africa as a place where children struggle for the basics of life with limited prospects for survival and even less opportunity to fulfill their dreams, a landscape of human misery without redemption.

Education for All- 2009 Summary Report/ UNESCO

Education for All – Global Monitoring Report

Overcoming inequality:
why governance matters

Despite much progress since 2000, millions of children, youth and adults still lack access to good quality education and the benefits it brings. This inequality of opportunity is undermining progress towards achieving Education for All by 2015.

Who are these individuals and groups? What are the obstacles they face? How can governance policies help break the cycle of disadvantage and poverty? What policies work? Is education reform integrated into the bigger picture? Is the international community making good on its commitments?

Gem Slaves

Mererani in northern Tanzania is the only place on earth where the precious stone tanzanite is mined. Every day thousands of children risk their lives in poorly constructed mine shafts for barely a meal a day. Despite efforts to curb this deadly practice, the global thirst for tanzanite continues to drive these children underground.

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Gem Slaves – Part 2

Mererani in northern Tanzania is the only place on earth where the precious stone tanzanite is mined. Every day thousands of children risk their lives in poorly constructed mine shafts for barely a meal a day. Despite efforts to curb this deadly practice, the global thirst for tanzanite continues to drive these children underground.

Girls and Child Labor Media Summary

This report was prepared by ILO/IPEC to focus attention specifically on girls and child labor for this year’s observance of World Day Against Child Labor (2009). It warns that the global economic slowdown threatens to erode what progress has been made in the last ten years. It is a useful summary of the challenges girls face in claiming their human rights to childhood and education.

Childhood Lost

These are the testimonies of young women who took their chances in the city, rather than remain at home doing domestic labor. Many of these stories are typical of internal trafficking, where a young woman or man is promised a job or a chance to go to school, only to discover that they have to support themselves by selling their bodies in clubs or on the street.

Stone Quarry/Forced Labor

In the stone quarries of Orissa, India, young women work from dawn to dark. These are modern slaves who must pay off debts incurred by their families. Their work is the collateral for the loan. More often than not, they will work away their youth only to be discarded the minute they’re injured or unable to continue. This is an excerpt from STOLEN CHILDHOODS.

What’s A Slave?

Shot at a brick kiln in Orissa, India, young girls and boys make bricks for twelve to fourteen hours a day. They are bonded laborers. Senator Tom Harkin explains the face of slavery today.

Worthless Girl

A group of young women at a school in Kiambu Province, Kenya perform an original poem they have written that tells of their life experiences with abuse and child labor.