Children

Happy 20th Birthday, Convention on the Rights of the Child

This year marks the 20th anniversary of  the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  UNICEF is celebrating accordingly with a series of PSAs like the one above (here's one with Ewan McGregor and one with Claudia Schiffer).  To date every country in the world has ratified the agreement, except the United States and, um, Somalia (which has no functioning government.)

9-Year-Old Raped in "One of the Worst Places to be a Woman or Girl"

From CNN:
The young girl whispered in a hushed tone. She looked down as she spoke, only glancing up from her dark round eyes every now and then. She wanted to tell more, but she was too ashamed. She was just 9 years old when, she says, Congolese soldiers gang-raped her on her way to school. ...

One Laptop per Child (OLPC)

One Laptop per Child (OLPC)

Region
Global

Programme Summary



The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child.

How much shame can child murderers really have?

Don't get me wrong, I am wholly supportive of this step, mostly because of the consensus required to enact it:
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to name and shame countries and insurgents groups engaged in conflicts that lead to children being killed, maimed and raped.
The council resolution will expand a U.N. list that in March identified more than 60 governments and armed groups that recruit child soldiers.

Unicef, the Killers, MTV and USAID team up

From UNICEF:
Starting today, MTV audiences around the world will see a new music video that aims to raise awareness about sex trafficking. Featuring the rock band The Killers, the video is an exclusive collaboration between UNICEF, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and the US Agency for International Development.
The track, Goodnight, Travel Well, is from the album Day & Age. The video is the second in a series of music video collaborations that highlight the danger and impact of human trafficking.

Are the Taliban Buying Children for Suicide Attacks?

This is deeply disturbing:
A top Taliban leader in Pakistan is buying and selling children for suicide bombings, Pakistani and U.S. officials said.
Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has been increasingly using the children in attacks, the officials said. A video released by Pakistan's military shows the children training for the task.
In the video of a training camp, children can be seen killing and going through exercises.

Invisible Children

Invisible Children

CountryUganda, United States
RegionAfrica, North America

Programme Summary

Motivated to raise awareness of "the unseen war" in Northern Uganda, 3 young filmmakers from the United States are using the power of stories in an effort to promote international advocacy to sustain the peace process and garner support programming for children and families living through the conflict.

Katha

Katha

CountryIndia
RegionSouth Asia

Programme Summary

Katha is an Indian organisation working to transform children into community leaders through education. It was started in 1988 with a children's magazine ("Tamasha!") and was fully registered as a nonprofit organisation in 1989 (serendipitously, on World Literacy Day, September 8). Katha connects grassroots work in education, urban resurgence, and story to address social injustice and economic poverty in urban India.

A Powerful Noise

A Powerful Noise

CountryUnited States
RegionGlobal, North America

Programme Summary

"A Powerful Noise" is a film-based initiative seeking to catalyse change by delivering the message that the solution to global poverty and injustice lies in the ability of women and girls to have a voice in their societies.

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