20 Years - The Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Convention on the Rights of the Child printed in Braille alphabet for the first time in Montenegro
PODGORICA, Montenegro, 06 January 2010 – On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), UNICEF Regional Director for CEE/CIS Steven Allen, together with the Minister of Education Sreten Skuletic and Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Suad Numanovic, gave blind and visually impaired children in Podgorica copies of the Convention printed in the Braille alphabet.
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Ukrainian pop stars sing about child rights
KIEV, Ukraine, 16 December 2009 – For the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF along with a leading Ukrainian television channel (M1 TV) and other pop celebrities debuted a song about children’s rights titled ‘The Fire of the Hearts’.
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Leaders join with young people to celebrate child rights in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe, 15 December 2009 - Leaders in Zimbabwe’s Inclusive Government joined with the rest of world in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Mobile classrooms give pastoral children new hope
KOMARET, Uganda, 14 December 2009 – It’s just after dawn in Uganda’s northeastern Moroto District. Although it’s still quite early, queues of children are flocking into the Namatwae Alternative Basic Education for Karamoja (ABEK) centre.
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Middle Eastern and North African celebrities and children celebrate child rights

AMMAN, Jordan, 25 November 2009 – It started as a wild idea: to bring stars from across the Middle East and North Africa to deliver one message on child rights – a resoundingly positive call from this region, so often in the news for the wrong reasons.

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Child Development Centre in Tbilisi, Georgia aims to ensure every child’s right to health care

TBILISI, Georgia, 23 November 2009 – A fine mist swirled around four-year-old Mariam's face as she breathed through a clear rubber mask during her nebulizer treatment. An asthma sufferer, Mariam was being treated free of charge at the new Child Development Centre in Tbilisi.

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UNICEF and partners commemorate 20 years of Convention on the Rights of the Child

NEW YORK, USA, 20 November 2009 – Today at the United Nations, UNICEF and its partners commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the ground-breaking human rights covenant that codifies rights for all children everywhere.

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'Let’s Heal the World' music video sends a message for child rights

CYBERJAYA, Malaysia, 20 November 2009 – Youth from different nationalities across the world are sending a message of peace and hope through music, as part of a UNICEF partnership with Limkokwing University of Creative Technology to create a world fit for children.

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Lesotho cash-grants pilot programme aims to ensure vulnerable children’s rights

LEBAKENG, Lesotho, 18 November 2009 – Mapalesa Sebatanyane, 73, is the primary caregiver for her four grandchildren, but she struggles to feed them with the small income she earns raising chickens in this remote village.

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Mothers’ campaign promotes girls’ right to schooling in northern Cameroon

PERMA VILLAGE, Cameroon, 17 November 2009 – Hawa Mahmadou, 12, was devastated when she was forced to drop out of school two years ago because her parents couldn’t afford the fees. She spent her days doing household chores.

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Launch of a child-rights syllabus for journalism students in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, 12 November 2009 – Understanding child rights and how to produce stories about children in a responsible and ethical way is now part of the journalism curriculum at seven Turkish universities.

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Education brings promise to Malaysia’s remote interior

LONG LUTENG, Malaysia – Meriam Anyie was born deep in the rainforest of Malaysian Borneo. As members of the Penan ethnic group, a nomadic indigenous people in the state of Sarawak, she and her family spent most of their life in the jungle, never living in a permanent home throughout her childhood.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors featured in video spots for child rights
NEW YORK, USA, 9 November 2009 – UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors have joined in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by appearing in public service announcements meant to draw attention to the groundbreaking international human rights covenant. The CRC turns 20 on 20 November.
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Zimbabwe children’s parliament speaks out on rights issues

HARARE, Zimbabwe, 6 November 2009 – The 17th session of the Children’s Parliament, a programme of the Zimbabwe Youth Council, opened recently with the aim of spurring the government into action to ensure child survival and empowerment.

 

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Focus on children's rights: UNICEF launches photo exhibit and film festival

NEW YORK, USA., 4 November 2009 – As part of the run-up to 20 November, the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman yesterday introduced a photo exhibit and opened a documentary film festival with a special screening at UNICEF headquarters in New York.

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UNICEF hosts discussion on governance fit for children

NEW YORK, USA, 28 October 2009 - In the effort to make further progress on implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), much depends upon delivering good governance for children. At a panel held at UNICEF House in New York yesterday, experts discussed the interdependence between child rights and good governance.

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Birth registration effort aims to protect child rights in Namibia
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 28 October 2009—A novel idea for children has become a reality, now that the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has set up an office in the maternity ward at Katutura State Hospital, the main public hospital in Windhoek. This UNICEF-supported effort is designed to ensure that every child born at the hospital receives a birth certificate.
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A ‘big sister’ helps students cope with bullying in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 26 October 2009 – As Head Prefect, Dashenee Huthamaputhiran, 17, is a friendly face around Convent Sentul High School, offering advice to students who break school rules or lending a helping hand to those in trouble.

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New situation analysis report highlights violence against children

DAMASCUS, Syria, 20 October 2009 – After two year’s work, the Syrian Commission for Family Affairs (SCFA) in collaboration with UNICEF has concluded a report on the Situation Analysis of Children (SITAN) in Syria.

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Mia Farrow highlights child malnutrition in Cameroon
BAZZAMA, Cameroon, 17 September 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has been witnessing a silent emergency in Cameroon during a weeklong trip here.
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UNICEF and partners launch massive effort to reinvigorate Zimbabwe’s schools
NEW YORK, USA, 14 September 2009 – UNICEF and its partners are launching a massive campaign in Zimbabwe to get textbooks into school classrooms.
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H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan joins UNICEF in congratulating young women of Harlem
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2009 – The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem serves students from minority and low-income families. It is a pioneer in all-girl public education, and a model of success.
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Report finds minority and indigenous children disproportionately excluded from school
NEW YORK, USA, 17 July 2009 – Article 30 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child provides specific protection for children from ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities. But today, 20 years after the adoption of this international treaty, children from marginalized communities and indigenous groups continue to face extraordinary barriers.
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UNICEF ‘Progress for Children’ report advances child-protection goals
NEW YORK, USA, 5 October 2009 – Children around the world are experiencing fundamental infringements of their human rights, and suffering physical and psychological harm that has wide-reaching, sometimes irreparable effects.
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New teaching strategy helps young students excel in Argentina
RESISTENCIA, Argentina, 8 September 2009 – For the first six months of first grade, Maria Angel Gomez struggled to keep up with the other students. She showed little interest in her school work and was slowly falling behind. She couldn't read and her mother worried that Maria Angel would fail and need to repeat first grade, a common problem in Argentina.
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A Kyrgyz local hero fights to protect the rights of street children in Bishkek
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 24 August 2009 – A recent morning for Alexei Petrushevski went something like this: He met a high-ranking city official to get approval of a project ensuring that all of his wards at the Bishkek Centre for Street Children will eventually get birth certificates and other necessary paperwork. Then he rushed off to negotiate the purchase of football jerseys – at discounted rates, of course – for the centre’s new children’s soccer team.
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Families in Kyrgyzstan hit hard by global recession

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 6 August 2009 – Every day, Turganaly Kenjebaev stands on a bridge beside a busy main road, hoping that someone will stop by and offer him a job for the day. If he’s lucky, he’ll earn $4.

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In remote areas of Viet Nam, UNICEF supports teaching children about rights

LAO CAI, Viet Nam, 23 July 2009 – Against the dramatic backdrop of the foothills of northern Viet Nam, students at the Kim Dong Lower Secondary gather for their morning exercises. In perfectly straight lines, and with impeccable timing, they go through their routine, which heralds the start of the school day.

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Supporting better education for Syrian and Iraqi children

DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 16 June 2009 – Miriam, 11, is from Baghdad. She has been attending Jerji Toma School since 2008. This year she witnessed a transformation. When she first arrived, she remembers paint cracking off the walls and old school books.

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In Amman, UNICEF regional media awards honour coverage of adolescents

AMMAN, Jordan, 2 March 2009 – The first UNICEF Regional Awards for Media on Child Rights were handed out last week at an official ceremony in Amman, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, UNICEF’s Eminent Advocate for children.

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UNICEF contest invites youth videos on children’s rights; deadline 1 August

NEW YORK, USA, 30 June 2009 – People all over the world can talk about children’s rights, but it is children themselves who have firsthand experience on the subject. In honour of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – which will be observed later this year – UNICEF is inviting young people around the world to share their thoughts on the issue in video form.

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Defending the rights of juvenile offenders in Georgia

RUSTAVI, Georgia, 26 June 2009 –  Tornike Shubutidze darts around the city square in Rustavi with a small video camera looking for the best angles to film passersby. The 15-year-old is fascinated by the art of filmmaking. He dreams of becoming a cameraman and working in either television or in the film industry.

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Day of the African Child: Saving lives and fighting for the rights of indigenous children

MOSCOW VILLAGE, Republic of Congo, 15 June 2009 – It is mid-morning, when a UN Refugee Agency boat docks along the Bangui River. The passengers – a team of mobile health workers – climb up the steep bank. Physicians from ‘Doctors for Africa’ and other volunteers have travelled five hours to Moscow, a small village on the edge of the forest.

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Outreach vaccination in Zimbabwe during Child Health Days

HARARE, Zimbabwe, 18 June 2009 – UNICEF recently supported a successful round of outreach vaccinations during 'Child Health Days'. The intensive five-day campaign reached even the most remote communities in Zimbabwe.

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Influx of refugees creates silent emergency in eastern Cameroon

DHAHONG, Cameroon, 6 July 2009 – On the surface, the refugee situation in eastern Cameroon looks like a success, but it is also one of immense chaos. Since 2002, over 60,000 refugees from the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) have been integrated into host communities here.

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Tetanus vaccination campaign aims for eradication in Côte d'Ivoire

DJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 17 June 2009 – Sabra Seydou arrived at the Abobo Kennedy Clinic in Abidjan with just minutes to spare before giving birth. It was only her second visit to the clinic since the beginning of her pregnancy, as she could not afford all of the standard prenatal tests or consultations.

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Ethnic minority communities struggle to break a cycle of poverty in Kosovo

PRISTINA, 29 June 2009 – In a desolate corner on the outskirts of Pristina, Kosovo, two men sit on the bare ground, mending a bicycle that is a lifeline for their families.

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Music video by The Killers raises trafficking awareness
LONDON, United Kingdom, 13 July 2009 — Starting today, MTV audiences around the world will see a new music video that aims to raise awareness about sex trafficking.
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Pounding rock and crushing potential: Child labour in DR Congo

KIPUSHI, Democratic Republic of Congo, 12 June 2009 – Covered in powder, Sylvian, 2, sits alongside his mother, pounding rocks with a mallet in an ore heap in  the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rocks, dust and sun: This is the only life Sylvian has known.

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One year after China earthquake, schools bring hope and opportunity

XIHE, China, 11 May 2009 – Well before dawn, sixth-grader Yang Mei, along with her younger brother Yang Zhen and sister Yang Yamei, leave their home in rural Gansu province for school.

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‘We were scared’: As supplies arrive, children try to cope with conflict in Pakistan

NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, 29 May 2009 – The girls in the tent hosting first-grade students at the Yar Hussain displacement camp were reciting the day’s lessons. Amidst the group of six- and seven-year-olds sat Habiba Rojan, who looks much older than the others but does not know her age because she was not registered at birth. She thinks she is 12.

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Ready-to-use therapeutic food helps save children’s lives in southern Ethiopia

BORICHA, Ethiopia, 28 May 2009 – Every week, mothers from the drought-affected villages of Ethiopia’s Boricha district bring their children to be weighed and measured at the Yirba Health Centre.

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Improving access to birth registration for children in Côte d'Ivoire

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 2 June 2009 – It’s Tuesday morning and the children of the heavily populated neighbourhood of Abobo are warming up for a day of study.

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In Georgia, old schools find new ways to teach young children

TBILISI, Georgia, 9 June 2009 – At Kindergarten No. 31 in the Georgian city of Rustavi, many teachers still conduct their classes using methods developed during the former Soviet era.

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