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”.
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.
Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC have had their share of dangers: the country’s civil war has killed millions of people, left a nation traumatized and families struggling in poverty. But in recent years DRC’s children are facing a new threat – being cast out of their own homes and forced to undergo dangerous rituals – all in the name of superstition. 21st Century – Show 54 – DRC’s “Child Witches” Script (pdf): http://www.un.org/webcast/pdfs/21century54.pdf
UNHCR research paper published in January 2011 on the increasingly common phenomenon of children accused of witchcraft. Often children are accused by preachers, who make money from exorcism rites in which children are often gravely wounded and sometimes killed.
After four years of devastation in southern Lebanon, reconstruction is beginning. In the film by UN in Action, a new program supported by ILO, the International Labour Organization, is training young people at risk for long-term unemployment. One of them is a determined young woman studying to become southern Lebanon’s first woman electrician.
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.
United Nations, October 2010 – Cambodian home-based women laborers work without contracts or social protections and can be at risk for exploitation and economic insecurity. To help keep these workers out of poverty, new training programs are educating them on their labor rights.
For centuries, millions of so-called “untouchables” have faced prejudice and exclusion from Indian society. This United Nations film on the scheduled castes in India explores how sharing in certain ritual processions is beginning to break down the prejudice of centuries.
(courtesy of UN TV) The birth of a child is a moment of excitement as well as anxiety. But in conflict-ridden Gaza, it is even more stressful. We meet a courageous midwife who is improving the odds for many mothers and babies.
August 12th was International Youth Day. For the more than 8 million displaced young people—ages 15 to 24—around the world, there is little cause for celebration.
This video from IRIN, a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, presents the moving story of 50-year-old Sum Rin, displaced from a shanty town in the centre of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to make way for a new commercial development.
I have just returned from the Global Child Labour Conference 2010 where a Roadmap for Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour was unanimously adopted. Representatives of organizations and governments came from all over the world to learn from one another and re-charge the campaign to end one of the greatest moral blights of our [...]
This short film from the United Nations describes the 8 time-based Millennium Development Goals.
There are two billion children in the world. Every second child is living in poverty, lacking at least one of the essentials of life; food, shelter, medical care, education, clean water, gender equality or sanitation. UNICEF reports that nearly 25,000 of these children die daily from wholly preventable causes, every day of the year, year [...]
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The Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 20 years of age on November 20th, 2009.
The CRC recognizes that childhood is a special time of life that deserves protection and assistance.
193 countries, virtually the entire membership of the United Nations, have ratified this international law which enshrines the rights of children to be raised in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity.
While the United States played central role in drafting the CRC, it remains one of only two countries, Somalia being the other, that has failed to ratify this treaty.
MVC endorses efforts that call for the U.S. to ratify the CRC.
The CRC establishes a legal foundation for the human rights of children all over the world. It asserts that the life of every child is of equal value, without regard to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political opinion or nationality. The CRC is also a detailed road-map for improving and protecting the practical conditions in which children grow up, covering a broad range of issues such as education, health, hunger, safety, exploitation, gender equality, adoption, disabilities, child mortality, juvenile justice.
It’s our belief at Media Voices that the CRC is a landmark document that describes the world that our children deserve. In the months to come, we will post guest commentary, articles, links and information about the CRC and the efforts to have it finally ratified by the U.S. Congress.
Below is a key organization- working towards ratification- with many resources available.
Third Stocktaking Report 2008 UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS i UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, brings together the efforts and resources of 10 UN system organizations to the global AIDS response. Co-sponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank. Based in Geneva, the UNAIDS secretariat works on the ground in more than 75 countries worldwide.
This is the complete text of ILO Convention 182: Recognizing that child labour is to a great extent caused by poverty and that the long-term solution lies in sustained economic growth leading to social progress, in particular poverty alleviation and universal education, and Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Ofﬁce, and having met in its 87th Session on 1 June 1999, and Español Français German The General Conference of the International Labour Organization, International Law
This 2009 report from the Save the Children Federation looks at education needs in countries affected by conflict and emergencies and examines donor trends in the context of the Millennium Development Goals.
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? This report was prepared by UNESCO, the United Nations agency responsible for the Education for All initiative.
This UNESCO document describes an international framework for advancing peace and reconciliation over war and conflict. Creating a world where children can thrive is a choice.