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