Child Rights

Violence Against Girls Is Corrosive To Society

Kevin J Jenkins | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
Kevin J Jenkins

©Sacha Myers More than half the world's women and girls experience some kind of physical or sexual violence in their early years. This miserable ti...

What The World Needs From A Global Britain

Kirsty Young | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK
Kirsty Young

The UK Government intends to review the rules through which UK aid is spent. After all, these systems shouldn't be static or inflexible and they must of course respond to and reflect the world in which they operate. But in doing so, we mustn't lose the clarity of purpose that our aid has, or allow it to become tied to short term military or trade missions that would lessen its impact. Instead, let it continue to focus on the lives it saves and the poverty it eradicates.

Army Life: The Other Side Of The Story

Rhianna Louise | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rhianna Louise

Fewer than half of soldiers say they'd recommend Army life to a friend. While the Army says it offers a bond that 'lasts a lifetime', many veterans struggle to rebuild the social support networks they need, which leaves them more vulnerable to delayed-onset mental health problems.

Confusion Grows as UN Grills UK on Its Child Rights Record

Professor Aoife Nolan | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Politics
Professor Aoife Nolan

Ms Thewliss' efforts to focus attention on this issue are admirable. However, if the work of UN human rights bodies like the Committee is to be effective, then it is incumbent on both those who would use them - and those who report on them - to get the facts right.

Time to Bring the Invisible Girl Into the Spotlight

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

The Commission on the Status of Women kicks off this week in New York and the movement for girls' rights is growing ever more impatient for progress. ...

Adoptions Without Consent: Children's Rights Are Paramount

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

It was the introduction of the English Adoption and Children Act, passed in 2002, that placed the rights of the child front and centre of the English legal approach to child protection and brought English adoption practices in line with international legislation.

Nepal Earthquake: One Child Trafficked is One Too Many

Tracy Shields | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK
Tracy Shields

When I arrived in Nepal 3 months after the earthquake I wasn't sure what to expect. At first glance Kathmandu appears unaffected, but as you walk thro...

Child Rights Anniversary Places Spotlight on Ebola

David Bull | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
David Bull

In every region of the world, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired changes in laws to better protect children, altered the way international organisations see their work for children, and transformed the way children are able to participate in their communities and societies. Today, children across the UK and the world are celebrating this momentous day.

Big 25 for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is 25 years old this Thursday. What an amazing victory for all the child rights campaigners!

The 'Other' World Cup

Kat Pugh | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Sport
Kat Pugh

The Street Child World Cup has competing boys and girls teams, it kicks off on Sunday 30th March in Rio, but unlike this Summer's event, it is the taking part that really does count as every single child participating has had a journey to get there and is already a winner.

Cinema on Wheels Lights Up Deep, Dark Senegal

Davinder Kumar | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

The films give clear messages through simple stories. They range from highlighting the harms of children pulled out of school and forced into labour, to explaining how many diseases can be prevented by simply washing hands.

Aren't We Forgetting Someone?

Nigel Chapman | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

We tend to forget that birth registration is a critical life event and that a birth certificate can make or break a child's future. Later in life, a birth certificate can help protect a child against forced marriage, child labour, premature enlistment in the armed forces or, if accused of a crime, prosecution as an adult.

A Girl's Right to Learn Without Fear

Davinder Kumar | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Davinder Kumar

In Marcela's community, back home on the outskirts of San Salvador, girls dread going to school once they become adolescents. They are routinely haras...

End Violence Against Women and Girls

Davinder Kumar | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

Violence against women and girls is prevalent in all societies across the world. Estimates suggest that up to seven in ten women globally will be beaten, abused, raped or mutilated in their lifetimes - and most of this violence takes place in intimate relationships.

Rise of 'Bonsai' to Everest

Davinder Kumar | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Davinder Kumar

Early morning last Saturday, when most of us were fast asleep and the rest still rising from slumber, a young Bangladeshi woman quietly made history. At 9.30 am Nepal time, Nishat Mazumder conquered Everest. The 31-year-old became the first woman from Bangladesh to reach the highest point on the planet.

Children in a Legal Vacuum: International Child Abduction

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

Many of us take on work or studies in a foreign country, and some of us end up having a family with someone of a different nationality. But if the relationship breaks down, this type of globally mobile lifestyle brings new challenges for the family courts. Where do you file for a divorce? What about custody and visitation? What if the custody battle turns acrimonious?

Visible Children Few Want to See

Davinder Kumar | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK
Davinder Kumar

As the world marks the International Day for Street Children today, children in street situations serve as a grim reminder of how one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in the world continues to be deprived of their basic rights; failed by governments, institutions and societies.

India's Long-Distance Brides

Davinder Kumar | Posted 28.09.2011 | UK
Davinder Kumar

It is nearly five years since Sandhya got married to Dablu. It was a grand ceremony by all accounts involving music, singing and a feast where guests ...