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A girl does geometry at a UNICEF-assisted school in Rwanda | Photo © UNICEF/HQ07-1345/Giacomo Pirozzi

March 6, 2014

UNICEF Statement on Anti-Homosexuality Laws

Today 78 countries around the world have laws that subject their citizens to severe criminal penalties for homosexuality. Such laws not only undermine human rights, they can also fuel discrimination, stigma, and even violence against people on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation and gender identities. And the impact of these laws can be even more severe on children and adolescents, who are especially vulnerable to bullying, violence, and stigma.

October 24, 2013

On the Front Lines of Polio Eradication in Afghanistan

Eradicating polio in Afghanistan – one of only three countries where the disease remains endemic – is a battle taking place every day across the country. Against the larger backdrop of instability and suffering that continues to draw the world’s focus, it is also largely invisible. But amid this scenario are those who fight social and cultural odds and work long hours trying to make the difference in a struggle between life and death. UNICEF met with a few of these heroes to talk about the work they do.

August 29, 2013

Celebrating Nutrition Achievements in Wolaita

Not long ago, it was common for children under the age of 5 to receive treatment for severe malnutrition in this Ethiopian community. Today, a community-based nutrition program is keeping children strong and healthy, and families resilient.

August 1, 2013

A Humble Nigerian Carpenter Rethinks Latrines

In a meeting held under the big mango tree, a Nigerian community calls on a humble carpenter to find a way to improve their latrines. The simple, low-cost invention he comes up with is a big hit.

July 15, 2013

Community-based treatment for malnutrition earns praise in northern Nigeria

Nigeria’s rates of childhood stunting and wasting are among the highest in the world, particularly in the north, where the country reaches into the Sahel region. In many cases these conditions can be life threatening if not treated properly.

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