UNICEF Statement on Recent Case of Sexual Violence in India

NEW YORK (July 20, 2016) – “The reported gang rape of a young Dalit woman in India by the same five men who had raped her three years ago underlines the heinous culture of impunity that surrounds violence against girls and women. 

“Approximately 120 million girls worldwide – 1 in every 10 – will experience sexual violence. The majority of these girls are violated for the first time between the ages of 15 and 19.

In Boko Haram's Wake, a Quarter Million Children Severely Malnourished

Update 8/3: Convoy Attacked in Northeast Nigeria, but Aid Deliveries Continue

On Thursday July 28, unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF. The convoy was traveling to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, after delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance. A UNICEF employee and an IOM contractor were injured in the attack.

Twelvefold Increase in Zika Cases Since Ecuador Earthquake

NEW YORK (July 18, 2016) – Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased from 92 to 1,106 country-wide, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas. 

According to national data, 80 percent of the Zika cases are in the province of Manabí where the April 16 earthquake left the most damage. After the earthquake, the proliferation of stagnant waters, and concentration of displaced persons increased the risk of vector transmission.  

Almost a Quarter of a Million Children Severely Malnourished in Borno State, Nigeria - UNICEF

NEW YORK (July 19, 2016) – Nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, and face a high risk of death, UNICEF said today, as the scale of the humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram emergency continues to unfold.  

As more areas in the northeast become accessible to humanitarian assistance, the extent of the nutrition crisis affecting children is becoming even more apparent.   

The UN children’s agency urges all partners to join the humanitarian response and donors to urgently provide resources. 

DC Community Promotes Girls' Right to Education

The film showcased the story of Malala Yousafzai before her assassination attempt and her growth following her global activism. The DC Pakistani diaspora slowly trickled into the theater: families, students, embassy representatives, Mid-Atlantic board members and more to learn more about girls’ rights in South Asia and how to make a global impact locally. The film opened to an eager audience showcasing the life of Malala and her effect not just globally, but also in her immediate community.

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.