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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah concluded their recent trip to India announcing the winners of the Millennium Alliance Awards, a USAID-backed initiative with a total of $1.5 million in grants.
Founding member of the World Day Planning Committee Most Rev. Josiah Fearon receives an award by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
[Lambeth Palace press release] The Most Revd Josiah, the Anglican Bishop of Kaduna in the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), received the Cross of St Augustine from at Lambeth Palace yesterday.
Presenting the award, Archbishop Justin said he was “delighted” to give Archbishop Josiah the Cross “in recognition of his outstanding ministry in promoting Christian-Muslim dialogue in Nigeria and across the world.”
AFAR REGION, Ethiopia — Ten-year-old Sadiya Abubakar had suffered for a long time. What should be a natural regular function – urination– had become an ordeal for her.
Sadiya was infibulated when she was just seven days old. Infibulation, the most severe form of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), involves the entire removal of the clitoris, the labia minora and labia majora, followed by the stitching or sealing of the wound, leaving only a small hole for the passage of urine and menses. Under the circumstances, sexual debut is a painful occasion that often requires tearing the remaining tissue.
Thousands of children have been killed in the Syria uprising since March 2011, according to a new global UN report on children and armed conflict.
Calling the toll "unbearable", the study said government forces and rebels were using boys and girls as "suicide bombers or human shields".
In total the study covered 21 countries where children are victims of violence.
For the first time Mali was added to the "shame list", which names armed parties who recruit and abuse children.
This year, the list includes 55 armed forces and groups from 14 countries, including new parties in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Launched in 2008 by Arigatou International, the World Day of Prayer and Action serves as a beacon to reinforce and magnify global efforts to end violence against children. Local people who know best what children and families need in their areas organize these efforts. And uniquely, this work brings together governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, as well as religious communities, to aim for outcomes as far-reaching as possible.
In 2012, World Day partnerships on 20 November led to scores of campaigns, workshops and seminars: a total of 107 activities in more than 62 countries. The scope of the outreach was tremendous, thanks to all who prayed, acted and supported the cause! Here are key findings of the 2012 final report, which was designed to:
- evaluate the effectiveness of the program and identify ways to improve it;
- establish standards and consistency in program elements, for future planning;
- define needs of World Day partners, so that strategic decisions can be made based on that information
Results came from feedback forms, needs assessment forms, pre/post test results and narrative reports from organizations.
Inclusion of children with disabilities benefits society as a whole
Da Nang, Viet Nam, 30 May 2013 – Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report.
Concentrating on the abilities and potential of children with disabilities would create benefits for society as a whole, says the report released today.
"When you see the disability before the child, it is not only wrong for the child, but it deprives society of all that child has to offer," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Their loss is society's loss; their gain is society's gain.”
The report lays out how societies can include children with disabilities because when they play a full part in society, everyone benefits. For instance, inclusive education broadens the horizons of all children even as it presents opportunities for children with disabilities to fulfil their ambitions.
More efforts to support integration of children with disabilities would help tackle the discrimination that pushes them further into the margins of society.