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Two years before reaching the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, 40 percent of of women in the Asia-Pacific region are still experiencing violence, insecurity and poor quality of life. This is higher than the global average of 35 percent and undermining the objectives of sustainable development.
30 October 2013 – A United Nations report released today spotlights the high rates of teenage pregnancies in developing countries – 7.3 million every year – and calls on Governments to help girls achieve their full potential through education and adequate health services.
Youth unemployment in the UK and throughout Europe is a "public health time bomb waiting to explode" the World Health Organisation has warned.
Promoting birth registration: Church outreach that works. What might we learn from a global church network's outreach in birth registration? Dr. Sally Thompson, Coordinator of the International Anglican Family Network (IAFN) shares information on the work being done by the IAFN and Communion of Anglican Churches around the world.
- Preach, teach, link. Church leaders are esteemed by their communities and have a special role there. They work at grassroots levels and are therefore in a unique position to be immensely helpful. Clergy and lay leaders can preach about the importance of birth registration, find opportunities to educate and allay fears, and even link birth registration with baptism.
- Provide support to get birth certificates in hand (the proof of birth registration). People might need practical help with application forms, complex procedures, or payment of fees. When city registry offices are too far away, church buildings could be offered for use as temporary registration centers.
- Publish, post online, mail. The IAFN's two newsletters on birth registration were posted online, and mailed to hundreds of contacts who had no access to the internet.
- Use social media. The IAFN has a Facebook and Twitter presence, as well as a blog for posting information and news, and inviting responses from readers.
- Work with partners. The Anglican Communion works with many partners. One example concerns Uganda, where members of the Anglican Church worked with the Mothers' Union (a far-reaching church organization which works on family issues with people—of all faiths, and of no faith—in 83 countries), the Ministry of Health, and UNICEF. Together they obtained registration certificates for more than 73,000 children!
Read more on Birth Registration.
Positive parenting training: Five keys to success
Since 2006, Save the Children has introduced its eight-week positive parenting program into 30 countries. Two of its Child Protection staff members, Director Lena Karlsson and Advisor Sara Johansson, share the keys to their success.
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By Elizabeth Whitman | September 20, 2013
It's the second day of school, and the excitement is palpable. The girls in School No. Three in Za'atari—the main Syrian refugee camp in Jordan—are begging to know when the books will arrive. They don't have much longer to wait. A pickup truck stacked high with bright blue backpacks filled with books rolls in. Young men in neon yellow vests begin pulling the bags out of the truck bed and carrying them to classrooms.
In one class of eighth graders, one girl is disappointed. "These have been written in," she notes, holding up one of her books with blue ink scrawled across part of a page. Others do not seem to mind that the books have had previous lives. They eagerly unzip their new bags, spreading Arabic, English, science and math textbooks across their desks.
By Pi James and Taleen Vartan
Experiencing violence of any kind, early in life, can have a profound impact. A consortium launched on 20 September seeks to drive progress collectively to sustained peace through early childhood development programmes.
Save the Children says conflict's restriction on movement and huge inflation is causing severe food shortages
The Guardian, Monday 23 September 2013
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