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By Julia Holtz- As Tuesday’s major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children.
Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
Jamaica is being lauded for the steps being taken to protect the nation's children from all forms of violence. However, the country is being told it has a long way to go to eliminate the culture of abuse that has become somewhat entrenched.
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS July 1 at 6:52 PM
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations has documented more than 4,000 cases of children recruited and used in conflicts in 2013 and said in a report Tuesday that thousands more are estimated to have joined armies and rebel groups around the globe.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's annual report on children and armed conflict adds Nigeria's notorious extremist group Boko Haram to the U.N. "list of shame." It now includes eight government forces and 51 armed groups that recruit or use, kill or maim, commit sexual violence or rape against children in conflicts, or attack schools or hospitals.
Child Marriage Amid Disaster and Conflict
Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
Existing evidence suggests that the correlation between child marriage prevalence and fragility should be examined more closely, as many of the countries with the highest rates of the practice are found on the top of lists such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) list of fragile states and the Fund for Peace's Failed States Index.
By Jenni Cardamone 27 June 2014
Almost two decades after 189 governments made a historic commitment in China to a world of equality between women and men, it's time to discuss progress made and challenges ahead.
theguardian.com, Wednesday 25 June 2014 19.01 EDT
Unesco admits it will be impossible to achieve millennium development goal for universal primary education by 2015
An estimated 58 million children worldwide are not going to school, meaning that there is "no chance whatsoever" that the millennium development goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015 will be met, the UN has admitted.
On World Refugee Day, Let's Commit to Make the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict a Priority
Executive Director, Women's Refugee Commission
The scale of violence committed against women and girls, mostly by men, constitutes a global crisis affecting all people and all societies. From physical and psychological abuse, rape and genital mutilation to exploitation and human trafficking, gender-based violence (GBV) has profound and long-lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities. Some of the worst atrocities may appear in the headlines, but the majority of survivors' stories go untold.
16 June 2014 – Marking the Day of the African Child, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown today called for the world to remember the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, Nigeria, while also praising young people around the world as they mobilise to demand education for all.
"Thousands of people have come together united with one cause: safe schools for every girl and boy," Mr. Brown said in his message for the Day, which this year focuses on the theme, 'A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa.'
"While the global community has failed to deliver safe schooling, young people are demanding safe, quality schools for all children everywhere," he added, "and stand in solidarity with the northern Nigerian girls of Chibok and all those around the world who face these struggles."
Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 girls from their school in Chibok in Borno state on 14 April.
By Jeff Andrew Lule
Several African religious leaders from different countries are to meet in the Ugandan Capital Kampala to discuss the post 2015 Development Agenda.
The Post-2015 Development Agenda refers to a process led by the United Nations (UN) that aims to help define the future global development framework that will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight global development targets which come to an end in 2015.
The summit which is expected to attract over 500 delegates, is slated to take place from July 1-2, at Imperial Resort Hotel, Entebbe. The event will also be attended by several heads-of-state, policy-makers and experts.
BY SUSAN BISSELL AND ANITA TIESSEN ON 13 JUN 2014
This week, we are seeing global leaders come together with the aim of ending one of the biggest atrocities against humanity, sexual violence in conflict.
Sexual violence is used in conflicts across the world to humiliate children and women, destroy communities and exacerbate the already devastating impact of war. It tears apart lives and futures of its individual victims. It engrains itself into society, so that when war is over it continues alone, deeming itself a part of daily life in some communities.
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- Brasil adopts landmark decision to promote child upbringing free from violence
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