Washington, D.C. (May 21, 2015) – Following markups of the Girls Count Act in both the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees, Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, and Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, spoke in support of the legislation, which supports programs in developing countries that improve birth registration for girls and boys, and promotes policies that prevent discrimination against girls.
Shut Out Trafficking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was successful in engaging close to 4,000 students, student-athletes, staff, faculty, and community members. The week-long program consisted of an advocacy day on the student quad, a Fair Trade fair, a film screening and discussion of the documentary Not My Life, a roundtable discussion which Attorney General of Nebraska, Doug Peterson, attended and spoke at, softball and baseball games dedicated towards human trafficking awaress, and a 1-mile community walk to raise awareness about sex trafficking in Nebraska.
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NEW YORK (May 18, 2015) — Dozens of children have been killed, at least 12 raped and others abducted and recruited in a series of attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State over a two-week period, according to eyewitness accounts received by UNICEF.
NEW YORK (May 18, 2015) — Approximately 100,000 people, the vast majority of whom are women and children, have fled violent clashes in Burundi to neighboring Great Lakes countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The number of refugees is expected to rise, as the situation in Burundi remains volatile.
NEW YORK (May 15, 2015) – Influential figures from across the US and global soccer industry will come together for a series of high-level networking events in New York City; the Beyond Soccer Series 2015, powered by streetfootballworld and backed by Major League Soccer, Barclays, Western Union and UNICEF.
NEW YORK (May 15, 2015) – “UNICEF is very worried about the situation of children and their families stranded on boats in the seas of South East Asia. These children need, and they have a right to, urgent help and protection. UNICEF shares the Secretary-General’s sense of alarm at reports that some countries are refusing entry to boats carrying refugee and migrant children.
Children who have fled their homes, either alone or with their families, are exposed to a greater risk of abuse, exploitation and ill-health.
NEW YORK (May 15, 2015) – Some twelve babies are being born every hour without access to basic healthcare in the areas of Nepal worst hit by two powerful earthquakes, according to UNICEF. With the massive damage to maternity facilities, UNICEF warns that over the next month the lives of nearly 18,000 babies and mothers could be at risk, unless urgent action is taken to restore key healthcare systems.
The 7.3 magnitude aftershock that hit Nepal this week shattered the fragile semblance of calm that was beginning to return as survivors screwed up their courage to move back into buildings still standing after the April 25 earthquake.