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.
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.
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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.
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.