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One in four young people in developing countries unable to read, says UN

30 Jan 2014  |  ROOT - News and Press

'Legacy of illiteracy' costing developing countries billions of dollars a year in wasted education funding, warns Unesco

Claire Provost

One in four young people in developing countries are unable to read a sentence, according to a report, which warns that poor quality education has left a "legacy of illiteracy" more widespread than previously believed.

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In Bangladesh, learning why children stop learning

28 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

By Matthieu Cretté

This year – the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – UNICEF challenges the world to think differently about how to drive change for the world's hardest to reach and most vulnerable children.

 

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Girls educated on laws against child marriage

24 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Madurai District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) awareness camp: Call toll free number 1098 to report cases of domestic violence

"Adolescent girls need to be aware of laws against child abuse and child marriage as in most cases they fall victims to such abuse," said Jecintha Martin, Secretary, Madurai District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), at an awareness camp here on Wednesday.

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World must make ending child marriage a priority – report

18 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Author: Emma Batha

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jamila was three years old when her parents gave her to another Afghan family for marriage to their son. She was beaten regularly and treated as a slave.

At 10 she was raped by the uncle of her intended husband. Her injuries were so severe she had to be taken to hospital. The following year she was forced to marry her rapist. Every night he raped her and then sent her to sleep in the stable with the animals.

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Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High

17 Jan 2014  |  ROOT - News and Press

The share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. A third (33%) of the 198 countries and territories included in the study had high religious hostilities in 2012, up from 29% in 2011 and 20% as of mid-2007. Religious hostilities increased in every major region of the world except the Americas. The sharpest increase was in the Middle East and North Africa, which still is feeling the effects of the 2010-11 political uprisings known as the Arab Spring.1 There also was a significant increase in religious hostilities in the Asia-Pacific region, where China edged into the "high" category for the first time.

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World Economic Forum warns of dangers in growing inequality, extreme weather

17 Jan 2014  |  ROOT - News and Press

* Ahead of Davos meeting, forum warns of "lost" generation

* Widening wealth gap ranked as top global risk in 2014

* Extreme weather next most likely cause of major shocks

* Threat of fiscal crises significant, but danger receding

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Holy See hails “fruitful dialogue” on protecting children’s rights

16 Jan 2014  |  ROOT - News and Press

(Vatican Radio) A Holy See delegation has concluded a hearing at the United Nations on implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, describing it as an "important and fruitful, interactive dialogue" on dealing with child protection. 

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Joint press release: Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children

10 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children

NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the "No Lost Generation" strategy, which aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.

 

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Belgium divided on euthanasia for children

9 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

By Linda Pressly
BBC Radio 4, Belgium

Belgium legalised the right to euthanasia for adults in 2002. Now the Senate has voted to extend the law to children who are terminally ill, and suffering unbearable physical pain. Supporters believe this would be a logical move. Opponents say it is insanity. 

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Violence against Afghan women more frequent, brutal in 2013 - official

6 Jan 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

(Reuters) - Violent crime against women in Afghanistan hit record levels and became increasingly brutal in 2013, the head of the country's human rights commission said on Saturday, a sign that hard won rights are being rolled back as foreign troops prepare to withdraw. 

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