NEW YORK (February 1, 2016) - The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is jointly launching a new fundraising campaign with a consortium of faith-based leaders who represent some of the largest African American churches and religious organizations in the country. Rise Up and Learn will launch during Black History Month and aims to provide desks and scholarships for girls in Malawi through MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s Kids in Need of Desks (K.I.N.D.) fund which launched in 2010.
This fall, Global Leaders convened to create a set of 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) composed of 169 targets for the next 15 years. These build off of many of the accomplishments that were achieved with the original Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, the MDGs did not address human rights, slavery, or human trafficking, and were often criticized for being too narrow.
NEW YORK (January 29, 2016) – A new series of papers just published by The Lancet provides evidence that improving breastfeeding practices could save the lives of over 820,000 children a year, 9 out of 10 of them infants under 6 months.
Increased breastfeeding can prevent nearly half of diarrhea episodes and a third of respiratory infections – the two leading causes of death among children under age 5.
NEW YORK (January 28, 2016) – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the winner of the annual Pier 1 Imports®/UNICEF greeting card contest. The theme this year was “One World, One Heart.” Erin, age 11, from New Jersey, is the recipient of this year’s Grand Prize for her artwork, which will be reproduced as an official UNICEF greeting card and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores across the country and on Pier1.com during the 2016 holiday season. Erin’s artwork was also selected by the public for the U.S.
NEW YORK (January 26, 2016) – UNICEF is launching a $2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.
For the first time ever, the largest portion of the appeal – 25 percent – is going towards educating children in emergencies. This year UNICEF plans to dramatically increase the number of children in crises who are given access to education – from 4.9 million at the beginning of 2015 to 8.2 million in 2016. More than half – 5 million – will be Syrian children inside the country or in neighboring countries.
In recent years, human trafficking has become an increasingly common topic of conversation. We hear it mentioned in our news segments, we see it as the subject of our movies and documentaries, and we even hear about it in discussions around the Super Bowl. We talk passionately about ending injustice and fighting for freedom and protecting the vulnerable.
Dear America’s Influencers,
We have fourteen year old boys telling their friends they want to be a Pimp when they grow up. We have teenagers all across the country watching Snopp Dogg discuss his life as a Pimp, or listening to 50 Cents P.I.M.P on replay, or watching pimps be romanticized in movies, comedies, and TV shows. We have college aged students going to ‘pimp and hoe’ parties. We have normalized the act of pimping, and in turn we have created a positive term for a criminal act.