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David Beckham Raises Awareness Around Child Abuse In New Unicef Campaign Video

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents

David Beckham has appeared in a new film for Unicef, highlighting the lifelong scars that emotional and physical abuse leaves on children. Beckham, wh...

Bicycles And Blankets: Protecting Children In Za'atari

Lily Caprani | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

This week has brought us the incredible news that The Boy on the Bicycle, a documentary about Syrian refugee children who have been forced to flee the...

Investing In Girls' Futures In Zambia

Sara Lovisolo | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Sara Lovisolo

There is a saying that goes "when you educate a girl, you educate a nation". And research by Unicef indeed shows that investing in girls and empowering them to reach their full potential is critical for overcoming cycles of intergenerational poverty*. Yet today around the world girls and women still face significant barriers to social and economic empowerment.

How Can You Help Children In Mosul?

Mike Penrose | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

Estimates put the number of civilians living in Mosul at 1.2-1.5 million and it is thought that almost half are children, who may require lifesaving assistance as the conflict intensifies over the coming days and weeks.

What's Next For The Children Of Calais?

Lily Caprani | Posted 15.10.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

This week Home Secretary Amber Rudd told MPs that in the coming days and weeks hundreds of unaccompanied refugee children in Calais, many of whom have the right to be with family in the UK, will finally be brought to the UK ahead of the imminent demolition of the camp. After many months of campaigning on this issue at Unicef UK, we are thrilled about the announcement. Children have been languishing in the camp in Calais for far too long, with every day being another day they are alone and in danger. Another day that they could fall prey to traffickers.

This 7-Year-Old Wants You To Know The Reality Of Being Bombed In Aleppo

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK

“I am very afraid I will die tonight...these bombs will kill me now,” seven-year-old Bana Alabed tweets. The Aleppo resident has been live tweetin...

Global Citizen Festival 2016

Martin Forsyth | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Martin Forsyth

Having only been a member of the Global Citizen team for a little over two weeks, I felt incredibly fortunate - and just a little awed - to play a small part in last week's phenomenal Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park.

'Nujeen Was One Of The Lucky Ones' - Help Us To Protect More Children On The Move

Lily Caprani | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

Nujeen Mustafa, a 17-year old Syrian refugee, made headlines last year when she made the journey from Syria to Germany in a wheelchair. As she tells t...

The Importance of Home

Andy Murray | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Sport
Andy Murray

Having a child of my own has strengthened my commitment as a Unicef UK Ambassador and one of the reasons I created Andy Murray Live, a new exhibition tennis event, to raise much-needed funds to help support vulnerable children. And when deciding where to put on the event there was one place that felt right, Glasgow. My home town.

We Must Help The 28million Children That Have Been Driven From Their Homes By Violence And Conflict

Lily Caprani | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

The world is facing an unprecedented refugee crisis and we really must do more to help these children. Ahead of the world refugee summits, we have a chance to do more to protect millions of child refugees and we call on world leaders to be strong and bold in their commitments to do so.

8 Reasons Why It's Nobody Else's Business Whether You Breastfeed Or Not

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Parents

Everyone has an opinion on breastfeeding - whether it’s getting flack when mums breastfeed in public or judgemental looks when spooning out the form...

Families Facing Impossible Choices as Drought Takes Hold in Lesotho

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

We may not be seeing this crisis on the news, but having seen for myself the devastating impact the drought is having on children here in Lesotho, I've been left in no doubt just how desperate the situation has become. The scariest thing is if we don't act now it could become so much worse. We simply cannot turn our backs on these children in their time of need.

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.