This 2014 Unicef progress report on under-five mortality and maternal health finds a good bit of progress has been made, though at the current rate of improvement, the world will meet MDGs 4 and 5 by 2026 – eleven years late. Some of the particular risk factors for newborns and infants include being born to a mother who is a child herself, being born immediately after another sibling, being born without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. Worldwide, only 69% of women give birth with the help of a skilled birth attendant. And that’s an improvement – in 1990, the figure was 57%. Interesting read.
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”.
Not a day goes by that my inbox doesn’t have a story about human suffering in some corner of the world; children trafficked into sex slavery, droughts in northern Africa, refugees fleeing civil war, children dying from HIV and other preventable diseases, hunger and malnutrition taking a toll on one third of the world’s populace. [...]
The playground appeared perfectly normal with students clustered here and there laughing and enjoying their lunch break. But if you looked closely, you’d notice another group milling about or sitting alone, the students with empty lunch pails. We were visiting a primary school in Kenya that was situated on a large coffee plantation. Many of [...]
This week at Media Voices, we consider the phrase ‘supply and demand’ when thinking about how to combat the traffic in human beings. The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women brings us a very insightful report this week, Moving Beyond ‘Supply’ and ‘Demand’ Catchphrases: Assessing the uses and limitations of demand-based approaches in anti-trafficking. Based [...]
Two-thirds of developing countries are on track or close to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the World Bank and IMF’s latest update on progress toward the 2015 targets.
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”?
As I prepare to leave for a three week trip to Kenya a sense of unease, an unsettled feeling, has taken hold. Kenya is a country I love. A place where the smiles of the children leave an indelible mark on visitors, and the natural landscape rivals any in the world.
I recently saw a wonderful film, The First Grader, based on the true story of an 88 year-old Kenyan man, Maruge Litondo, who took advantage of the Kenyan government’s decree that “all” are entitled to a free primary school education to return to first grade as the oldest student imaginable.
This week at Media Voices, we have two films exploring MDG initiatives in the Millennium Village of Sauri, Kenya. Sauri was the Millennium Village pilot project, in which Jeffrey Sachs and the Earth Institute attempted an experiment. What would happen, if you addressed all of the factors keeping this village and this region in poverty [...]
The 2011 annual report of the MDG Centre detailing progress on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
Many years ago, a therapist once asked me, “Is this something that you want, or something that you need?” Sunk in the misery of my eleventh broken heart (I’m a bit of a slow learner), it took me a while to wrap my head around it. It was a good question. It has application beyond [...]
The number of children who die before their fifth birthday is one of the best barometers of global social and economic progress. In 2000, the world’s governments committed themselves to make a two-thirds reduction in the child mortality rate by 2015 – the fourth of eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But with five years to go before the target date, the world is collectively off track to reach MDG 4. Just 40% of the necessary progress has been achieved so far, and in three-quarters of countries the goal will be missed on current trends.
This new report from Save the Children, A Fair Chance at Life, draws attention to one of the most pressing development challenges of our age – the toll of preventable child deaths in the world’s poorest countries, which in 2008 claimed nearly 9 million lives. This is a scandalous waste of human potential, and a cause of enormous suffering to the families and communities that are affected.
November 20th is Universal Children’s Day. Established in 1954 by a United Nations resolution, the day’s purpose is to focus attention on the welfare of children around the world.
Unfortunately, child labour has been allowed to slip away a little bit from the priorities of the international agenda for development. There was a very strong movement on child labour in the immediate aftermath of the adoption of ILO Convention 182 back in 1999 and of course our own Global March to raise awareness.
‘Achieving the MDGs with Equity’ is the focus of this ninth edition of Progress for Children, UNICEF’s report card series that monitors progress towards the MDGs . This data compendium presents a clear picture of disparities in children’s survival, development and protection among the world’s developing regions and within countries.
A special report on a new study by Unicef shows that an equity-focused approach to child survival and development is the most practical and cost-effective way of meeting the health Millennium Development Goals
This week at Media Voices we report on renewed efforts to end child labor in the cocoa fields of West Africa and the farms and orchards of America. We also have a Viewpoint from Nick Grisewood, The Executive Director of the Global March to End Child Labor, about the importance of integrating efforts to end [...]
If we are serious about achieving the MDGs, then we have to eliminate child labour. Nearly every week for the last few months, articles have been published in the British Sunday Times highlighting the plight of children working around the world. Often, the focus is on children working in the garment manufacturing industry, particularly in [...]
This week at Media Voices we begin our second year online with a sense of real optimism and some significant additions to our site. We have been gratified by the 100 organizations, photographers, filmmakers and activists who have contributed media, opinion and research to the site in our first year. When you visit MVC, take [...]
We are now two-thirds of the way to the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, and UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon has called a summit in New York September 20-22nd to discuss the Goals and formulate global and national plans for realizing them. In advance of the summit, the United Nations has [...]
Two thirds of the way to the Millennium Development Goals, the report on global progress made on MDGs by 2010 shows a mixed picture – the Goals can be met, but only if progress accelerates.
This week at Media Voices we’re going to do a bit of shameless self-promotion, with a twist. We have been focused these past nine months on running and building the web site but on August 3rd we presented our first live event, Islanders Giving Kids a Chance, a film and conversation.
This week at Media Voices we present a photo essay on child labor by David Parker along with his companion Viewpoint describing the working conditions and nature of the child labor he’s been photographing since 1992. Looking at his stunning images of children laboring in brick yards, I’m reminded of how much remains to be [...]