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Syria's children need guaranteed funding to prevent a 'lost generation'

14 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Sam Jones

Unicef calls for three years' sustained financing for education of displaced children to prevent even greater humanitarian disaster

The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years' guaranteed funding, Unicef has warned.

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Caring for "Our Kids" Is a Faith Challenge

14 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Katherine Marshall
Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University

Posted: 04/14/2014 2:40 pm EDT Updated: 04/14/2014 6:59 pm EDT

Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor renowned for his challenging analysis of social trends, lectured Thursday night at Washington's Kennedy Center to an audience that included two Catholic cardinals and a motley group of very religious and distinctly non-religious people. He presented slides showing graph after graph that looked like gaping sharks' jaws. Again and again the lines that show trends in America between rich and poor open wider and wider. The gaps get larger. That's true for education, nutrition, participation in sports, and teen pregnancy. Putnam's message is that inequality is unmistakable and it is getting worse.

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Pope Francis asks pardon for sex abuse by priests

11 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

By The Associated Press
on April 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM, updated April 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM

NICOLE WINFIELD
Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going back in the church's fight to protect children.

Francis made the off-the-cuff remarks after coming under criticism from victims' advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the problem and ongoing demands that he sanction bishops who covered up for pedophiles.

 

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Up to 50,000 children may die in S. Sudan without urgent help - UN

11 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Author: Megan Rowling

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to 50,000 undernourished children below the age of five are likely to die in war-torn South Sudan unless they receive urgent treatment, the U.N. Children's Fund has warned.

Nearly a quarter of a million children will suffer severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year if more is not done now to tackle hunger, UNICEF said on Friday. "The youngest citizens of the world's newest nation are on the verge of a nutrition crisis," it added. 

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This Woman Went From Being An Abused Child Bride To A Mayor Fighting For Women's Rights

11 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

The Huffington Post | by Eleanor Goldberg

After enduring 13 years of physical and psychological torture, Berivan Elif Kilic decided to leave the husband she was forced to marry and commit her life to protecting other young girls from enduring the same horror.

When Kilic was just 15, she was taken out of school, married off to a cousin and gave birth to two children soon after, the Daily Beast reported. Though the legal age to marry in her home country of Turkey is now 17, the practice of marrying girls off is still rampant.

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Emergency coalition to get all children in school launched at 2015 Countdown Summit

10 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

A high-powered group of global leaders, campaigners and celebrities joined forces today to get 57 million children into school and learning.

The Emergency Coalition for Global Education Action was announced at the 2015 Countdown Summit in Washington, DC, to pressure the international community to take action on behalf of children across the world.

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Youth Around the World See Meagre Opportunities

3 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

WASHINGTON, Apr 3 2014 (IPS) - Although half the world's population is under 25 years old, young people in more than two dozen countries feel that their opportunities for educational, economic and societal advancement are limited, according to new research released here Thursday.

Researchers say the results should help to drive and prioritise both public and private investment in services. 

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Faiths unite in support of child rights

3 Apr 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Written by
Phyu Phyu Zin

Leaders of Myanmar's four main religions met this week to make a joint 'Myanmar Interfaith Declaration' on the rights of the child.

The declaration expressed their commitment to the notion that every child can enjoy his or her rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The commitment was given at an event organised by a partnership between the Ratana Metta Organisation and UNICEF and held at the Chatrium Hotel on April 2-3.

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It's time to unleash girls' potential

27 Mar 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

By Sarah Degnan Kambou27 March 2014

Today, 600 million adolescent girls live around the world, with 250 million of them living on less than $2 a day. Many of these girls are vulnerable from the moment they're born. They're vulnerable to discrimination, inequality and violence simply because they are born female.

The statistics are shocking. Young women in sub-Saharan Africa are up to eight times more likely than young men to be living with HIV. One in four girls under 17 reports experiencing sexual abuse worldwide, with rates being much higher in developing countries. And girls are less likely to be in school than their male counterparts, with parents often putting household duties and chores before education and learning.

 

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Girls and women transforming their future

27 Mar 2014  |  ROOT - News and Press

By Justine Greening27 March 2014

Nearly 20 years have passed since Hillary Clinton, then America's first lady, told a historic women's conference in Beijing that "human rights are women's rights ... and women's rights are human rights." We should acknowledge that things have moved on a bit since then. 

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