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Children are everyone’s business
NEW YORK, 24 June 2010 – UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children have called on the business community to work together to build universal principles that will place children’s rights at the top of the global corporate responsibility agenda.

UNICEF calls on governments, donors and the private sector to end child labour
NEW YORK, 12 June 2010 - UNICEF is calling for renewed urgency to tackle the world worst forms of child labour on the 11th World Day against Child Labour with the theme “Go for the goal. Eliminate child labour”.

Executive Board discusses child rights at 2010 session
NEW YORK, 4 June 2010 – On day three of the UNICEF Executive Board’s 2010 Annual Session, discussions focused on moving towards universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

More needed to protect children from exploitation and armed conflict
NEW YORK, 25 May 2010 – Experts called for universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child - on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and on protection for children in armed conflict.

UNICEF and Religions for Peace release guide for religious communities
NEW YORK, 18 May 2010 - UNICEF and Religions for Peace today released From Commitment to Action: What Religious Communities can do to Eliminate Violence against Children.

UNICEF calls for renewed efforts and investment to combat child labour
THE HAGUE, 11 May 2010 - "Identifying the most vulnerable children requires new efforts and increased funding," UNICEF said today, on the opening day of The Hague Global Child Labour Conference.

Death of 12-year-old Yemeni girl, days after her marriage
AMMAN, 7 April 2010 – Statement by UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Sigrid Kaag regarding the risks of early marriage following the death of a 12-year-old Yemeni girl, three days after her marriage.

A time to focus on adolescent girls
NEW YORK, 8 March 2010 - “Last week in Guatemala I visited a UNICEF centre that houses girls as young as thirteen who have been rescued from brothels. The stories of suffering are simply unimaginable.

International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
NEW YORK, 6 February 2010 - Progress has been made in recent years in reducing the incidence of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), largely because communities and families are taking action and calling for change.

SSM and UNICEF call for childcare centres in the workplace
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 February 2010 – The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and UNICEF are jointly calling for the corporate and business environment in Malaysia to set up childcare centres to benefit the nation’s most precious resource, its children.

It's child's play
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 January 2010 - In sport, so much is said about your opponents. You are endlessly compared to them, asked about your chances playing against them, and you start to think of them as your enemies, writes LEE CHONG WEI.

UNICEF and faith-based partners launch World Day of Prayer and Action for Children
NEW YORK, 18 November 2009 – As the international community prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, UNICEF today took part in the global launch of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.

Media policymakers engage with Minister Shahrizat on children in the media
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 November 2009 – Twenty-four of Malaysia’s top media professionals gathered yesterday for a lively discussion with the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development on protecting children in media reporting and production.

Protection, key for every child’s survival and development
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 November 2009 – Protection is key for every child’s survival and development highlighted UNICEF at media workshops held recently in Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Child rights bags two golds at Kancil Awards 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 November 2009 – Children’s rights received two golds at the prestigious Kancil Awards, Malaysia’s annual advertising awards by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As).

Let’s Heal the World music video sends a prayer for child rights
CYBERJAYA, 20 October 2009 –Youth across the world are sending a message of peace and hope through the “Let’s Heal the World” music video, setting the tone for Limkokwing University and UNICEF partnership to create a world fit for children.

Malaysian stamps pay tribute to children and their rights
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 October 2009 – In a special tribute to children across the world, Malaysia’s postal service, Pos Malaysia, has dedicated its 2009 Caring Society stamp set to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Without a protective environment, it's a harsh life for children
TOKYO, 6 October 2009 - While progress is being made in reducing some violations of children’s rights, not enough is yet known about the extent of abuses against children.

A “big sister” helps students cope with bullying
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 October 2009 – As Head Prefect, 17 year-old Dashenee Huthamaputhiran is a friendly face around Convent Sentul High School. If she spots any students teasing, harrassing or bullying each other, she steps in to help resolve the situation.

Putting a stop to sexual violence against girls
NEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR, 25 September 2009 – A new approach to address the rights violations and health impacts of sexual violence against girls is set to take off with a multi-sector partnership organised via the Clinton Global Initiative.

UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu raises awareness of child trafficking
WASHINGTON DC, 18 September 2009 – US Fund for UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu delivered an impassioned speech here this week to raise awareness about the estimated 1.2 million children who are trafficked worldwide every year.

Despite regional efforts, trafficking continues to take heavy toll on children
BANGKOK/WELLINGTON, 1 September, 2009 – A recent assessment of child trafficking programs in seven countries in East and Southeast Asia found that the tides of trafficking have yet to be stemmed despite efforts by governments, donors and aid agencies.

4As spotlights child rights for Kancil Student’s Award 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 August 2009 – The Kancil Awards, Malaysia’s most prestigious annual advertising awards by the 4As, has picked the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as one of two themes for its Student Awards 2009.

Music video by The Killers raises awareness about trafficking and sexual exploitation
LONDON, 13 July 2009 — MTV audiences will see a new music video that aims to raise awareness about sex trafficking. Featuring the rock band The Killers, the video is a collaboration between UNICEF, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and USAID.

With education, we can protect girls from exploitative work
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 June 2009 – Improving children’s access to quality education is fundamental to protecting them from being exploited for labour affirmed UNICEF on the tenth anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour.

Working together for child safety online
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 May 2009 – There are many challenges that children face growing up in the modern world. Today, children are increasingly being confronted with rapid social and technological change and a more competitive society.

Protecting children in cyberspace
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 May 2009 – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2009 aims to ensure that children can safely access the Internet and its valuable resources without falling prey to unscrupulous predators in cyberspace.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Child Marriage
NEW YORK, 13 April 2009 - UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports that Saudi Arabian tribunals have decided not to annul the marriage of an eight-year-old girl.

Securing rights of adolescent girls is critical for achieving development goals
ADDIS ABABA, 8 April 2009 – Parliamentarians are convening in Addis Ababa today to address the urgent need for accelerated progress in protecting the rights of adolescent girls and ending gender discrimination if development goals are to be met.

Violence against women takes a toll on children
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 March 2009 – Behind the closed door of a family home, a woman is being beaten while her children hide in the bedroom, unable to help or stop listening.

Child-focused NGOs share their hopes with UNICEF
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 January 2009 – 40 child-focused NGOs and individuals came together recently for a dialogue with the UNICEF Malaysia Representative, to share their vision for children and exchange ideas for the way forward in anticipation of the new year.

UNICEF in 2009: Protecting and shaping children’s futures in challenging times
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 January 2009 – In the best of traditions, a new year offers much hope as we forge ahead with renewed optimism and dedication to protect childhood and build bright futures for our children.

UNICEF booklet: Promoting children’s rights through the law
KUALA LUMPUR, 9 December 2008 – UNICEF launches a booklet that calls for all stakeholders in Malaysia to work together and support the Government’s efforts towards fulfilling the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Dignity and justice for every child
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 December 2008 – When children suffer injustices like abuse and exploitation, it violates their fundamental rights as human beings.

World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents comes to a close in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, 28 November 2008 - The sexual exploitation of children is not inevitable. That was the message coming out of Rio de Janeiro today where 137 governments have been meeting with children, international organisations, NGOs and private sector.

Dear child with special needs
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 November 2008 – You were born into this world just like any other child, needing love and protection. But even as you took your first breath outside of your mother’s womb, you had no idea that you would grow up to be misunderstood.

Radio network joins in to denounce violence against children
KUALA LUMPUR, 13 November 2008 – Malaysia’s Media Prima Radio Network has stepped forward to denounce violence against children in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Keeping children and their rights alive
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 November 2008 – A child is not the property of his or her school, community or state. A child is not even the property of his or her parents. A child is a human being and subject of his or her own rights.

Research on migrants’ children left behind: No extra burdens
BANGKOK, 25 October 2008 - Conventional perceptions see children left behind by migrating parents as benefiting from the economic pay-off but suffering a social and psychological trade-off.

Lessons in violence nurture shame and more violence for children
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 October 2008 – Corporal punishment in schools harms children and damages their education highlights the United Nations World Report on Violence Against Children.

Region's governments urged to push through tough anti-child sex measures
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 August 2008 – Exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens - children - remain a pressing issue for governments and people of East Asia and Pacific, despite some progress in recent years to tackle sexual abuse.

Education the key to freeing tens of millions of children from hazardous labour
NEW YORK, 12 June 2008 – UNICEF estimates that there are 158 million children under the age of 15 who are trapped in child labour around the world. The vast majority of these children have little or no hope of accessing an education.

Religious leaders meet in Hiroshima to reaffirm their commitments to children
HIROSHIMA, Japan, 6 June 2008 – Over 1,300 religious leaders and UN officials from around the world recently participated in the Third Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in Hiroshima, Japan.

Malaysian youth partners UNICEF for A:S.A.P 4 Children campaign
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 March 2008 – A team of dynamic Malaysian youth are pooling together their talents and commitment with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the A:S.A.P. 4 Children Campaign to promote child safety messages in the Klang Valley.

UN agencies unite against female genital mutilation
NEW YORK, 27 February 2008 – Expressing their commitment to the elimination of female genital mutilation, ten UN agencies pledged to support governments, communities, and women and girls to abandon the practice within a generation.

Executive Board looks towards stronger partnerships for child protection
NEW YORK, 31 January 2008 – Safeguarding the rights of children to health, education and a protective environment is at the heart of UNICEF’s work.

All rights for all children - CRC@18
MEDIA ADVISORY – 20 November is a special date for all of us. Eighteen years ago on this date, the world came together to say yes to children; that children have the same general human rights as adults.

Are we turning our backs on our children?
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 October 2007 – Twenty years ago, an eight-year old girl from Kuala Lumpur was found dead with a piece of wood embedded with nails forced into her vagina, and a piece of wire around her neck. Her name was Ang May Hong.

ICDB 2007 – The World We Want
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 August 2007 – This year, the International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) will take place on Sunday, 9 December 2007 with the theme “The World We Want.”

Violence in schools: Moving forward
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 July 2007 - Recent cases of school bullying have become a cause for concern in Malaysia. An appalling incident that stunned the nation was the brutal assault of a 16-year-old student by his school seniors which led to his death.

RM 30,000 boost for child protection in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 May 2007 – The protective environment for children in Malaysia will be further strengthened with a RM 30,000 donation received recently from the Kerastase Care and Protect campaign.

UNICEF and IPU join forces to stop violence against children
BALI / INDONESIA, 2 May 2007 - At the 116th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), meeting in Nusa Dua (Indonesia), UNICEF and IPU members said more can be done to halt violence against children in every country.

Author of UN violence study advocates child rights at criminal justice conference
NEW YORK, 27 April, 2007 – World renowned child rights advocate Professor Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro spoke recently of the global victimisation of children while attending the 16th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

Children are still being trafficked 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade
NEW YORK, 25 March 2007 - Although 25 March marks the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, slavery still exists today as children are trafficked into bonded labour and the sex trade.

Marginalised girls take centre stage at UN panel on unleashing their potential
NEW YORK, 6 March 2007 – A panel of young women dedicated to improving the lives of marginalised girls shared their experiences during a panel discussion at United Nations headquarters this afternoon.

At UN panel, girls describe challenges keeping their peers out of school
NEW YORK, 1 March 2007 – Youth panellists shared the experiences and challenges of girls growing up in their four different countries today at a discussion hosted by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) in New York.

Kerastase launches "Care & Protect" campaign for children
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 February 2007 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) child protection program in Malaysia will soon receive a nutritive boost thanks to luxury hair care brand Kerastase “Care and Protect” campaign.

Net Safety Day 2007: Child protection in cyberspace
NEW YORK, 6 February 2007 – The Internet provides children with new ways to express themselves, learn and build friendships – but it also poses risks.

UNICEF flagship report says gender equality benefits both women and children
NEW YORK, 10 December 2006 – On its 60th anniversary today, UNICEF is launching a report that says gender equality is critical to child survival and development.

19 November is World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse
MEDIA ADVISORY. KUALA LUMPUR, 10 November 2006 - Violence against children is a Human Rights violation. Yet, it occurs globally disregarding boundaries of geography, culture or wealth.

UNICEF: No to violence against children!
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 October 2006 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in Malaysia have joined hands to sound a clarion call, urging every sector of society to protect children from the multi-faceted forms of violence.

UN Secretary-General urges action to stop violence against children
NEW YORK, 12 October 2006 – One of the most detailed studies ever produced about the effects of violence on children has been launched in New York.

Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace endorses declaration on violence against children
KYOTO, 28 August 2006 – Delegates of the Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace today endorsed the Declaration on Violence against Children, which commits religious and faith communities to protect children in their communities.

Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 August 2006 – Every year, thousands of children in Malaysia and around the world are exposed to violence at the hands of trusted individuals.

Child labour robs children of childhood, impedes development
NEW YORK, 12 June 2006 – Hundreds of millions of children are forced to work when they should be learning and playing, which deprives them, their families and nations the opportunity to develop and thrive, UNICEF said today.

Children out of sight, out of mind, out of reach
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 April 2006 – Millions of children around the world are suffering from severe exploitation and discrimination and have become virtually invisible to the world according to UNICEF’s annual report, "The State of the World’s Children" 2006.

Millions of Asian children living in stateless limbo
BANGKOK, 14 March 2006 – International children’s agencies today called for urgent and far-reaching action to ensure that every child receives a birth certificate, a piece of paper that is crucial for international efforts to combat global poverty.

Despite progress, women still subjected to widespread violence and discrimination
WASHINGTON, D.C., 8 March 2006 -- Despite great progress for women in the past several decades, women throughout the world are still subjected to discrimination, violence and exploitation, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today.

Editors luncheon – Billion dollar business of child trafficking
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 November 2005 - Every day around the world, thousands of children are lured and trapped in the abusive web of trafficking. Young girls and boys from South East Asian countries are not exempt from this modern day slavery.

Investing in children in the Islamic world
NEW YORK, 21 September 2005 – A landmark joint report launched today gives a unique insight into the opportunities and challenges facing 600 million children across the Islamic world.

Forum on reducing violence, harm and exploitation of children
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 September 2005 - The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and UNICEF are organising a forum on “Reducing Violence, Harm and Exploitation of Children” to create greater awareness to overcome violence against children.





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