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.
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.
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.
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.