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Passing the Children’s Act In Liberia: A Story from the Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy and Leadership Initiative

For hundreds of years, to be a girl in Liberia was to be relatively powerless. To address that, advocates helped the Liberian Senate sign the Children’s Rights Act into national law in 2011.

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Spanking Your Child: The World Disagrees

Every single country in the world except for the United States and Somalia, have agreed that spanking is wrong, at least in principle.

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Rates of Sexual Abuse of India’s Children Shockingly High

With over 35 million homeless children in India, and shelters for only 36,000 of them, children’s lives can be precariously balanced and sexual abuse is widespread. But even those living at home are not always safe.

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Giving Girls a Choice and a Chance

Legislation to prevent child marriage around the globe was just introduced in both the House and Senate that will give girls who are married too young a choice and a chance.

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No “Safe Haven” in New Nebraska Law

“Safe haven” laws don’t do much to reduce the rates of infanticide, but they do give anti-choicers cover for their argument that forcing women to give birth against their will is no big deal.

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India Lags in Addressing Child Mortality

Sixty percent of the under-five deaths in India occur in just five states. An Indian child’s chance of celebrating the fifth birthday clearly depends on the state or community it is born into.

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Colombia Confronts Female Genital Mutilation

Until 2007, Colombians believed that female genital mutilation was a practice unique to some African countries. But last year we learned that it has long been practiced by one of Colombia’s aboriginal groups.

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What Does Youth Participation in HIV/AIDS Strategy Mean? Collaboration.

Thanks to youth participation in the the 2008 UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, the Civil Society Declaration emphasized youth vulnerability and young people’s concerns.

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Adoption Institute Proposes New Parameters for Transracial Adoption

Current federal law mandates a “color blind” approach to white families seeking to adopt African-American children — but new recommendations released Tuesday by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute suggest a different approach.

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Child Marriage: We Have Solutions

We know what works to increase age of marriage in communities where child marriage is common. So why are so few Republicans backing legislation to support those development programs?

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