Majority of Men and Women Oppose Female Genital Mutilation in Countries Where Practice Persists – UNICEF Figures

NEW YORK (July 14, 2016) – Approximately two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end – according to UNICEF data.

In countries with available data, 67 percent of girls and women and 63 percent of boys and men oppose the continuation of the practice in their communities.

Building Global Citizenship Amongst American Students

In March of 2015, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Community Engagement Fellows Fariha Alam (Washington, DC) and Katie Barcy (Nashville) came together in Washington, DC to attend the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference. This year’s theme revolved around Ubuntu, a global humanist education for empowerment. The week-long event was filled with presentations, workshops, and discussions surrounding the issue of education in a global context. In attendance were practitioners, scholars, and students whose work touched on various themes within education.


UNICEF Statement on Violence in South Sudan

NEW YORK (July 9, 2016) – UNICEF is deeply alarmed by the renewed violence in South Sudan and calls on all parties to respect humanitarian principles and provide unrestricted access to civilians in need.

After nearly three years of war, civilians are bearing the brunt of the conflict in South Sudan, with women and children facing the greatest dangers and hardships. As the country marks its fifth year of independence, the lives of millions of children continue to be marked by suffering and upheaval.  

El Niño is Over but its Impact on Children is Set to Worsen as Disease, Malnutrition Continue to Spread

NEW YORK (July 8, 2016) – The 2015-2016 El Niño has ended but its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, one of the strongest on record, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director With Italian Coast Guard

UNICEF Depurty Executive Director Justin Forsyth was recently on the Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti during an operation on Tuesday that saved about 4,500 migrants at sea. According to UNICEF, 7,600 children made the perilous sea crossing between January and May, 92 percent of them unaccompanied. Unnacompanied child migrants face high risks of sexual abuse, violence and prostitution. 

It's Not Over: 3 Stories of How El Niño Still Impacts Children

The 2015-2016 El Niño has finally run its course, but its devastating impact, particularly on children, is far from over. The term El Niño refers to large-scale weather change - drier-than-average conditions in some areas with wet conditions in others, intensified heat) linked to a warming in sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. This latest El Niño was massive and its continuing effects are profound.

Iraq Crisis: 3.6 Million Children Now at Risk from Increasing Violence

NEW YORK (June 30, 2016) – 3.6 million children in Iraq – one in five in the country - are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new UNICEF report.

A Heavy Price for Children reveals that the number of children in danger of these violations has increased by 1.3 million in 18 months.