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Will the ‘March for Our Lives’ help us in saying ‘No’ to Guns Yet another school shootout and still no significant 'gun control' measures in the US

A 17-year-old male student shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on the morning of Tuesday March 20. The school shooting was over in seconds. But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school resource officer. But given how this comes close at the…

25 million child marriages averted in the past decade: UNICEF

UNICEF recently stated that child marriage has declined worldwide in recent years, with the past decade seeing the proportion of women who were married as children being reduced from 1 in every 4 to 1 in every 5. Most notable is the progress made in South Asia in the last ten years, with a girl’s risk of…

Bangladesh’s newborn death rate dramatically reduced since 1990

UNICEF recently released a report documenting the “alarmingly high” rate of newborn deaths around the world. However, Bangladesh features as one of the positive stories. Bangladesh has managed to reduce its newborn mortality rate from 64.2 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 1990, to 20.1 for every 1,000 live births currently. In 1990, 241,000…

हमारे देश के बच्चों पर सरकार ध्यान क्यों नहीं दे रही है? आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों का प्रदर्शन

अपनी मांगें पूरी न होने पर महाराष्ट्र आंगनवाड़ी कर्मचारियों ने किया सरकार के खिलाफ़ प्रदर्शन. सब ने मिल कर वेतन बढ़ाने की और सही समय पर वेतन पाने की मांग की. इसके अलावा वे चाहते हैं कि उन्हें भी सरकारी कर्मचारियों की तरह पी.एफ़. और पेंशन दिया जाए. उन्होने घटते बाल विकास बजेट और बेकार…

UN releases blank statement on atrocities in Syria

The United Nations’ children’s agency, UNICEF, issued a blank statement in response to widespread casualties among Syrian children in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta and capital Damascus, Reuters reported. The statement was from Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and Africa. It said, “No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their…

UN: Child soldier recruitment still increasing in South Sudan

Al Jazeera reported that South Sudan’s civil war, which is currently in its fifth year, has seen almost all armed groups drafting children to be soldiers, according to rights organisations. According to UNICEF, the number of child soldiers in the country has been swelling since the beginning of the war, in 2013, in spite of all parties…

Child marriage persists in the United States

Most states in the United States the minimum age required for marriage is 18; however, there are potential exceptions this law in every state, according to the Guardian, which interviewed former child brides who turned activists pushing to eliminate child marriage. Between 2000 and 2010, nearly 250,000 were married in the US. According to Fraidy Reiss,…

More than 300 child soldiers freed in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said that armed groups have officially freed more than 300 child soldiers in South Sudan; they will now start “reintegrating into their communities and learning new skills to support themselves,” according to the UNMISS statement.  UNMISS said that overall, 700 children had been “screened and registered for release,” 563…

UNICEF initiates record fundraising appeal for $3.6 billion

The Guardian reported that the United Nations children fund (UNICEF) has initiated its largest ever “emergency appeal for funding, warning that conflict is creating unprecedented levels of need.” According to UNICEF, which is seeking $3.6 billion to supply emergency aid this year, nearly one in four children reside in a country that is impacted by conflict or…

Rohingya children confronted with potential “massive mental health crisis”

The New York Times, in a report that featured first-person accounts and photographs from Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, painted a picture of the dismal future of Rohingya children. The Times reported that of the more than 655,000 Rohingya who have escaped to Bangladesh from Myanmar, 380,000, or nearly 60%, are minors, according to Save the Children.…

Young Rohingya refugees are heading families

The United Nations’ refugee agency, UNHCR, in a story titled ‘Orphaned Rohingya children forced to grow up too fast’, has featured teenager Rohingya children who have been compelled to take on the responsibility of their siblings, having lost their parents. UNHCR said “some 650,000” Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh, and that it believes children…

In 2017, countries took major steps to end child marriage

UN Women, a United Nations entity focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment, compiled a timeline of major events in gender equality in 2017. According to the timeline, in June and August, several nations, largely, in the Caribbean and Latin America “made historic strides to end child marriage”. In June, Trinidad and Tobago amended several…

Over 200,000 children in eastern Ukraine at risk from landmines

UNICEF said in an announcement that eastern Ukraine “is now one of the most mine-contaminated places on earth, endangering 220,000 who live, play” and attend school “in areas littered with landmines, unexploded ordnance and other deadly explosive remnants of war”. “It is unacceptable that places where children could safely play less than four years ago…

Celebrating Human Rights A KHOJ Initiative

December 10 is celebrated every year as International Day of Human Rights. But even as privileged people hold galas and fund raisers to celebrate the day, the survivors of atrocities or the oppressed classes barely get the opportunity to express their feelings or share stories about their own journeys. KHOJ, an NGO that works in…

UNICEF: 50 million children displaced

The United Nations’ children fund has reported that around 50 million children globally are in the process of migrating, with 28 million children being forced out of their homes because of conflict, Voice of America (VOA) reported. UNICEF spokeswoman Sarah Crowe told VOA that in 2017, “We have seen some 400 children, estimated 400 children…

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