UNICEF’s Latest Data Reveal Disparities, Show Need to Innovate to Advance Children’s Rights
As 25th anniversary of children’s rights convention approaches, vast progress made but reaching unreached children will require sharper focus on disparities, new report says
BAMAKO, 30 January 2014 – Declaring that 'every child counts', UNICEF today urged greater effort and innovation to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of 2,865,000 Malian children from enjoying their rights. The children's agency, in a report released today, highlights the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing the unequal access to services and protections that mars the lives of so many.
Overcoming exclusion begins with inclusive data. Innovations in data collection, analysis and dissemination are making it possible to disaggregate data by such factors as location, wealth, sex, and ethnic or disability status, to include children who have been excluded or overlooked by broad averages. "The tools of collection and analysis are constantly being modified – and new ones are being developed. This will require sustained investment and commitment," the report says.
Revealing disparities and violations of rights does not, in itself, change the world. It makes change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. UNICEF is inviting decision-makers and the general public to access and use its statistics - at www.data.unicef.org - to drive positive change for children.
Broadcasters: A video news story is available at http://weshare.unicef.org/mediaresources
To read The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts - Revealing disparities, advancing children’s rights and to see additional multimedia material, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2014/numbers
Much of what is known about the situations of children comes from household surveys, and in particular the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS). Designed and supported by UNICEF, MICS are conducted by national statistical authorities. More : http://www.childinfo.org/mics.html
For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org/mali
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