Unicef

Removing the Barriers to Breastfeeding in the UK

Sue Ashmore | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Sue Ashmore

Breastfeeding. Although I have spent my entire working life trying to improve care for women who want to breastfeed, I still hesitate to write openly about it. This is because breastfeeding is such a fraught subject in the UK, often viewed as difficult to achieve, and sometimes seen as unnecessary because of a mistaken perception that formula milk is a close second best.

Young People Have a Right to Be Heard

Lily Caprani | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

As we build and develop U-Report, young people will be at the heart of what we do, but we are also interested in collaborating with other organisations who work with and for young people and children. So please get in touch, we want to hear from you!

A Fair Chance for Every Child

Mike Penrose | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

Every child, no matter where they are born, has the right to a healthy start in life, the right to an education and the right to a safe, secure childhood. But around the world, millions of children are being denied these rights, for no other reason than the country, community, the gender or the circumstances into which they are born. We cannot and we must not let this huge injustice continue.

The Level Of Sex Abuse And Violence Against Calais Refugee Kids Is Truly Shocking

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK

Children living in refugee camps in northern France are being subjected to sexual exploitation, violence and forced labour on a daily basis, a Unicef ...

UK Must Act Now to Protect the Children of Calais and Dunkirk From the Horror of Exploitation

Michael Sheen | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Michael Sheen

Today the cost of crossing the English Channel has never been higher. Unicef's research estimates that smugglers and traffickers are now charging between £4,000 and £5,500 per person but for unaccompanied children, unable to pay these huge sums of money, this has forced them to take even more significant risks from committing crimes to raise the money to hiding in the back of refrigerated lorries.

Drought Through the Eyes of a Child

Cate Heinrich | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK
Cate Heinrich

Something was wrong when the doctor led me into the children's room at Guija Hospital in Gaza Province, southern Mozambique. What struck me was the stillness. From my previous job as a primary school teacher, the one thing I know is a room of children is never usually this quiet.

HIV and Drought Are Having a Devastating Impact on Children's Lives

David Beckham | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK
David Beckham

I met Sebenele, a bright 14 year-old boy with a big smile, this week during a visit to Swaziland to see how my fund is helping UNICEF to support and protect children living with HIV. Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world. Twenty-four per cent of children here have lost one or both parents to AIDS and many are themselves now living with HIV. I thought about my own children and how in many ways the things Sebenele enjoys are the same things they do. Yet he told me how he is struggling to continue to take his antiretroviral medicine, which is vital to ensure he stays healthy, because he can't keep the pills down without any food.

Why Soccer Aid Is So Much More Than a Celebrity Football Match

Lily Caprani | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Sport
Lily Caprani

Over the years Soccer Aid has raised over £17million for Unicef's work for children in danger. This year, the UK government will match every penny raised through the event, meaning we'll be able to provide even more children like those in Ethiopia suffering from malnutrition with the support they so urgently need.

For Children in Crisis, Education Cannot Wait

Mike Penrose | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

For the first time in the 70-year history of the UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has brought together world leaders and the humanitarian community for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, with the aim of making bold commitments to reduce the impact of the unprecedented wars and disasters we are seeing today.

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

Nepal - One Year On and Children Still Desperately Need Our Help

Ewan McGregor | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ewan McGregor

In the days following the earthquake, despite the snow and freezing temperature, families were forced to sleep outside, scared to go indoors because of the damage to buildings and the threat of aftershocks. After the earthquakes many families had no choice but to sleep out in the open. The earthquakes not only destroyed their homes and their schools, but left millions of children scared and in danger. They needed shelter; food, water and medical supplies, and also support to deal with the traumatic events they had experienced, and the chance to get back to school as soon as possible.

These Shocking Statistics Show British Children Are 'Falling Behind'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Child inequality is worse in the UK than many other developed countries, a damning study by Unicef says. The UN's body for children found "concerning ...

Children Used as Suicide Bombers - The Latest Horrific Tactic of Boko Haram

Lily Caprani | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

Since the time when the girls were taken from their school by armed militiamen, the impact of the conflict on children has grown dramatically. Over the past year, 44 children have been used as suicide bombers. In fact, the number of children used in suicide attacks has increased ten-fold over the last year and over 75% of the children involved in the attacks are girls. Nearly one out of every five suicide bombers is a child.

Changing the Conversation Around Breastfeeding

Sue Ashmore | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sue Ashmore

We need to change the conversation. We can stop laying the blame for a major public health issue in the laps of individual women, and acknowledge the collective responsibility of us all to remove the barriers to breastfeeding which lead to eight out of ten women reporting they had to stop breastfeeding before they had wanted to.

Malnutrition in Sudan: An interview with UNICEF's Talal Mahjoub

Yousra Elbagir | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Yousra Elbagir

Sudan has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the Middle East and North Africa region. For the last forty years, one third of the population has suffered from irreversible chronic malnutrition - a life-long growth condition that has consistently plagued Sudanese children since 1987.

Emma Sinclair: On a Mission to Boost Entrepreneurship Across the Globe

Annabel Denham | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK
Annabel Denham

Successful entrepreneurs often find themselves pigeonholed by conventional assumptions and stereotypes. Oft viewed as obsessive workaholics, they are seemingly afflicted with a ruthless tenacity and single-mindedness verging on the blinkered. Movies like The Social Network or TV shows such as The Apprentice haven't helped. Neither has Donald Trump's showmanship.

Women's History Month: The Forgotten Women of Syria

Thaslima Begum | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK
Thaslima Begum

Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.

Syrian Children Sleep in the Mud at a Balkan Border

Rajae Msefer Berrada | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Rajae Msefer Berrada

Governments need to be reminded of their obligation to allow safe and legal channels for children escaping war and conflict through appropriate measures including family reunification, so they do not suffer more.

Five Years of War and Heartbreak: Why We All Must Do More to Keep Syria's Children Safe

Michael Sheen | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Michael Sheen

Five years, for any child, feels like a lifetime. For the millions of Syrian children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict, these last five years must have felt even longer than that. The conflict in Syria has now raged for half a decade, and in this time the millions of children affected have had to deal with more suffering and heartbreak than most of us will ever experience. The conflict has placed millions of children in terrible danger, and sadly a real end to the turmoil still seems a distant prospect. More than eight million Syrian children are now in urgent need of humanitarian aid in what is the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Improving the Lives of Women and Girls Across Tea Communities

Sarah Roberts | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Roberts

Today is International Women's Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also exists to remind people that globally there is still much to be done to accelerate gender parity.

Here's How Mobile Innovation Can Help End Poverty

Philip Ellis | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

The digital inclusion conversation isn't limited to emerging markets, says Cairns; there are 90 million people in Europe who don't have a bank account or any digital means of payment, rendering travel by train or plane virtually impossible.

The Most Amazing Woman in the World

Luke Cameron | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Cameron

Throughout my Nicest Job journey I have met some incredible people - but one of those people stick out more than all the others. This week I am going to tell you about Maria.

Rebuilding the Lives of Children in Liberia After Ebola

Lily Caprani | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

For now, the epidemic is officially over and families and communities are beginning to rebuild their lives, but the work of organisations such as Unicef remains as important as ever. Even before the Ebola outbreak, Liberia had one of the highest child mortality rates in the world, and combatting this continues to be one of our biggest challenges in the country.

David Beckham Honoured At Unicef Ball (And Looked Pretty Good In A Suit, Too)

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Style

David Beckham, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey and Nicole Kidman were just some of the stars sporting very stylish outfits on the red carpet at the Unicef ...

In My New Role, Children Across the World Who Face Violence, Disease, Hunger and the Chaos of War Are at the Front of My Mind

Kirsty Young | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Kirsty Young

This year, I am thrilled to step into my new role as president of Unicef UK, the world's leading children's organisation. It's a real privilege to follow in the footsteps of Lord Paddy Ashdown who has been in the position for the last six years. As we welcome in the New Year and reflect on another Christmas filled with family, friends, food and presents, it's easy to forget about those who are less fortunate than us. This year, in my new role for Unicef UK, children across the world who face violence, disease, hunger and the chaos of war are at the front of my mind.