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Photography to advocate for children
A multimedia presentation of UNICEF images celebrates and reflects on the role of photography in advocating for children’s rights.

For more information, visit: http://www.unicef.org/about/who/index_70559.html.

The good news: the number of child labourers has fallen by a third since 2000.

The bad news: 168 million boys and girls are still losing their childhoods by being forced to toil all day in adult jobs - AND, over half of them are in hazardous work.

#notochildlabour!

Video: http://youtu.be/VbkAoppuUwc
Info: http://www.unicef.org/crc/index_30160.html

UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder at the UN General Assembly. Find out why yesterday’s event on the rights of people with disabilities was so historic:

Video: http://youtu.be/rsFFSOKfh3s

Story: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_70456.html

CAN YOU SEE ME?
Firimin Kouassi (age 13) carries palm nuts on his uncle’s cacao plantation in Bas-Sassandra Region of Côte d’Ivoire. Like half of eligible children in the region, one of the country’s main cacao-growing areas, he does not attend school. Most of the children help their parents work, and those who do go to school usually work on days when they are not in the classroom.

UNICEF supports initiatives to improve access to basic education and strengthen child protection networks.

© UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

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Today, we launch a new report about female genital mutilation/cutting that looks at data from 29 countries over the past 20 years. Our main finding? Overall, support for the practice is declining - even in countries where FGM/C is widespread, such as Egypt and Sudan.

But there is still work to be done! In a few countries, the proportion of girls and women who want FGM/C to continue has remained constant.

Learn more:
Video: http://youtu.be/Pjy8jRRGHcU
Story: http://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_69881.html
Document: http://www.scribd.com/doc/155341977/Female-Genital-Mutilation-Cutting-A-statistical-overview-and-exploration-of-the-dynamics-of-change

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 10 June 2013
Children at a quarry, Bombali District, Sierra Leone.

Globally, an estimated 215 million children are involved in labour. A violation of children’s basic rights, labour that is detrimental to health or that otherwise impedes development must cease. Children who work rather than go to school are also more prone to a lifetime of poverty. The World Day against Child Labour – held annually on 12 June – calls for a global commitment to end the harmful practice.

©UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

To see more: www.unicef.org/photography

Children from the poorest communities frequently miss out on the nutrition and care they need to grow up healthy.

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Parliamentarians address the rights of children
More than 600 parliamentarians participated in the 128th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly held from 22–27 March in Quito, Ecuador. The parliamentarians came together to tackle a range of challenges – from crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic to development priorities after 2015.

Among the issues high on the agenda was their role in addressing the rights of children with disabilities.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is a critical UNICEF partner in mobilizing members of parliaments on behalf of the world’s children.

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TEASER ALERT: In May, UNICEF will launch this year’s edition of its flagship publication, State of the World’s Children. The focus for 2013 is Children with Disabilities.

With this report, UNICEF hopes to add a strong voice and increased visibility to the global, necessary and increasingly urgent debate about disability rights, especially those of children. State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities will focus on the position of children with disabilities in a varying worldwide landscape: how do they fare at home, in school, or at health care centres? What happens to children with disabilities in emergencies or conflict? How do these situations fluctuate around the world?  The report will ask readers to consider the lost opportunities in denying the full potential of these children.

With that in mind…we thought we would share with you an article from The Guardian titled: Disability must be a central plank of the post-2015 development framework

As far as they are concerned…”No development goal should be considered met unless it equitably reaches the world’s 1 billion disabled people"…We agree…what do you think?

Photo credit: © UNICEF/BANA2012-02005/Jannatul Mawa

Photo caption: Shova Baraik, age 6, attends class at a pre-school in Mirtinga Tea Estate in Maulavi Bazar, Bangladesh. At the age of three, Shova lost her eyesight in one of her eyes after a severe case of typhoid, and she can barely see with her other eye.


 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 21 March 2013
A girl in Guinea-Bissau, one of the world’s poorest countries.

To achieve equity for all children, current global, social and economic disparities that deprive children of the right to reach their full potential must be redressed. UNICEF seeks to address the root causes of inequity so that all children, particularly those who suffer the worst deprivations, have the support necessary for their optimal development.

©UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne

To see more: www.unicef.org/photography