The State of the World's Children 2003
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Where the children are
Under-18-year-olds as proportion of total population, 2001


50% and over


25% - 49%


Under 25%


No data


Source: United Nations Population Division.


Knowledge of HIV/AIDS


Percentage of young women aged 15-24, in selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa, who feel they have sufficient knowledge to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS


Source: UNICEF, UNAIDS, WHO, Young People and HIV/AIDS: Opportunity in crisis, 2002.

The views of children aged 9–18 years on the information available on HIV/AIDS, in selected regions


Source: UNICEF opinion polls 1999, 2000, 2001.


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Children's involvement in domestic decision-making

What are the key issues for youth in Arab states?

 In surveys and consultations around the world, children told what they think and what they know about issues that affect them.

  • A high proportion of children and young women report having very little or no information on HIV/AIDS.
  • Young women usually know less about HIV/AIDS than young men, and female HIV prevalence rates are higher.
  • Despite largely positive relationships with parents, almost half of the children polled believe that their opinions are not considered when decisions that directly concern them are taken at home.
  • With unemployment in Arab League countries at 15%, jobs and education top the list of concerns among 13- to 20-year-olds polled.

This map does not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory or the delimitation of any frontiers. Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.