The Brazilian Senate approved a new law prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment against children.
"With this historic decision, Brazilian children can grow up in safety and in a protective environment, and violence can be made part of a distant past" said SRSG Santos Pais. "I wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this new law. It marks a turning point in Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it also gains a decisive global relevance. Indeed, with the enactment of this legislation, the percentage of the world's children protected by a legal ban on all forms of violence will increase from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.
A crucial priority in global efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against children, the legal protection from violence is gaining ground around the world, with other 38 countries having included a full prohibition in their national legislation.
By Philippa Garson
NEW YORK, 30 May 2014 (IRIN) - Scientific advances in human biology may soon have a profound bearing on the policies that governments and organizations adopt towards young mothers, caregivers and babies in poor and stressed communities.
There is an emerging body of scientific evidence to show that the environment in which a very young baby develops is pivotal in shaping its brain in ways that can significantly influence its chances in later life.
By Julitta Onabanjo, Benoit Kalasa, and Mohamed Abdel-Ahad
Dr. Julitta Onabanjo is regional director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa Region. Benoit Kalasa is regional director of UNFPA West and Central Africa, and Mohamed Abdel-Ahad is the regional director of UNFPA North Africa and Arab States
OHANNESBURG, May 28 2014 (IPS) - Just 17 years old, Clarisse is already a mother of two, who lives with her husband and his four other wives in rural southern Chad. Three years earlier, she had watched her mom and sisters preparing food for a party one day. At first she celebrated along with everyone else, not realising it was her own wedding ceremony. When she discovered this, she was frantic.
29 May 2014 – Two United Nations agencies today welcomed the first campaign by the African Union to end child marriage, a practice that robs over 17 million girls – 1 in 3 – across the continent of their youth.
"What we are seeing today is an Africa-wide movement of leaders and organizations collectively saying 'No to Child Marriage'," said Martin Mogwanja, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
18 May 2014 – With malnutrition and conflict stalking the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of South Sudan, the United Nations warned today that hundreds of thousands of children in the country's most crisis-torn areas are at imminent risk of death and disease, including the threat of cholera.