17 November 2022

Rights denied

All children everywhere have the right to a full childhood with dignity, respect and worth. The right to a childhood free from discrimination and exclusion is crucial to child well-being and accessing the services needed to survive and thrive. Yet racism and discrimination against children based on their nationality, ethnicity, language religion and other grounds are rife in countries across the world. Systemic and institutional racism and discrimination prevent children from accessing their rights and puts them at risk of a lifetime of deprivation. Rights denied: The impact of discrimination on children focuses on discrimination against children based on their ethnicity, language, religion, or nationality along with racial discrimination, based on the United Nations’ definitions and categories of minorities. It provides a wide range of examples from a diverse set of countries to show how children from minority or marginalized backgrounds continue to be left behind. This report includes case studies on how children are combating discrimination, data on disparities for a range of critical services including education, birth registration, water and sanitation and immunization, evidence on how discrimination affects children, and results of a U-Report on discrimination with responses from over 400,000 young people. The hope, vision and commitment of world leaders in 1989 led to the Convention on the Rights of the Child that has upheld child rights for over 30 years. This World Children’s Day, UNICEF is calling on governments, international partners, the private sector, and communities around the world to stand up for children everywhere – and commit to building a world free from discrimination, for every child.
05 February 2021

Five opportunities for children we must seize now

COVID-19 is the first truly global crisis we have seen in our lifetime. No matter where we live, the pandemic affects every person – children most of all. Millions are missing out on basic health services, education and protection simply because they were born into poverty or because of their ethnicity, religion or race. COVID-19 has widened this…, For vaccines to work, we must build trust,   History and science tell us vaccines are the best hope we have of ending this virus and rebuilding our lives and our livelihoods. Yet, as Ridhi reminds us, there is a real risk the What you need to know about a COVID-19 vaccine COVID-19 vaccines will not reach all who need it. Vaccine hesitancy will have a profound effect on our ability to…, Bridging the digital divide can help bring quality education for all,   Kamogelo is right. During the peak of school closures in early 2020, about 30 per cent of the world’s schoolchildren were unable to access remote learning. In fact, only just over half of households in a majority of countries around the world have access to the internet. These are the same children who are already unlikely to have access to…, COVID-19 has unlocked attention on global youth mental health,   Tulika is right: mental health is a big deal – just as important as physical health. This is especially true in childhood and adolescence, when we lay the foundations for our lifelong cognitive and learning ability, our emotional intelligence and our resilience in the face of stress. Again, the pandemic has highlighted just how vulnerable…, COVID-19 does not discriminate, but our societies do,   The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone on the planet, but it is not affecting us all equally. In too many countries, your ethnicity, your colour or your wealth, may make you more likely to suffer the consequences. For example , in the United States, African Americans represent 13 per cent of the population but roughly one fourth of COVID…, Climate change is the other planetary crisis that won’t wait,   COVID-19 has taught us that planetary problems require planetary solutions. No one suffers more from a change in climate than a child. Children are vulnerable to the changes in the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat. We know children are more vulnerable to life-threatening water and food scarcity and waterborne diseases…
10 August 2018

Independent Task Force on Workplace Gender Discrimination and Harassment at UNICEF

UNICEF is pleased to introduce the members of its recently launched Independent Task Force on Workplace Gender Discrimination and Harassment. The Task Force brings together external leaders from a range of backgrounds, including from the development, business and non-profit sectors, as well as experts in gender equality and human rights advocacy.…, Meet the Task Force, The members of the Task Force have a wealth and wide variety of experience. Collectively, they have been champions of gender equity, diversity and organizational change. They all have established reputations in their sectors and were selected on that basis.    , The Co-Chairs, Photo of Purnima Mane. Purnima Mane has served as the President and CEO of Pathfinder International Pathfinder International , as an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and as Deputy Executive Director for Programmes at the United Nations Population Fund. She has an ongoing appointment as Visiting Professorial Fellow at the…, The Members, Photo of Mabel Abraham. Mabel Abraham is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia Business School, where she examines gender inequality, entrepreneurship and social networks, and assesses how organizational and social processes contribute to gender differences in business outcomes. Her academic work includes comparing the relative benefits…, Learn more, UNICEF’s position on sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment