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It's rare in life to meet a person that inspires, mentors, educates and then becomes your friend and colleague. For me that person, for nearly twenty years, has been Kailash Satyarthi.
2016 was a huge year for Media Voices for Children. We used all the tools at our disposal – filmmaking, extensive social media, public screenings, meetings with members of Congress and staff and appearances at government agencies to make the case that children should come first in setting budget priorities.
Weak land tenure systems lead to the dispossession of women and their children after the death of the husband in many African and Asian countries. Now people in Kenya are working on two fronts to prevent the eviction of surviving families - legal reform and cultural awareness.
The financial industry pays lobbyists $2.3 million dollars a day to ward off attempts to regulate it. What would you do in your community, if you had that kind of money to spend?
10 European countries reach agreement on the implementation of the Robin Hood Tax. Now all that remains to be done is to figure out how much it will raise and how to allocate it.
I asked my waitress what she makes per hour and she said, " $2.86", I thought my hearing had failed me.
These remarks were made at a Capitol Hill Briefing on 9/27/16 supporting legislation for a Financial Transaction Tax to raise revenues to invest in the unmet needs of children, at home and around the world.
Indigenous communities across the world are protesting the illegal appropriation of their land and water, including in the United States. Now, the International Criminal Court has announced a new focus on land grabbing as a crime against humanity.
Any infrastructure plan that ignores the needs of children is a failed plan.
ANPPCAN progress report on the students supported in secondary school through the Kenyan Schoolhouse program.
A new Gallup survey reveals that 1 in 4 Indians fears losing their land or home. A beautiful film by the Place Project explores the meaning of home for indigenous and urban poor people and makes the argument for strengthening land rights of the poor.
Kashmiris react to a rash of school arson cases by setting up informal schools taught by graduate students to ensure that high school students can sit for their exams.
Women farmers offer a way to rethink our current food production system, which is heavily polluting and over-reliant on fossil fuels.
The ABCs of Child Labor...15 products touched by child labor and child slavery. How many do you use?
Here are two seemingly unrelated facts: Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to the effects of climate change. Around 30% of girls in Bangladesh are married before their 15th birthday. Hidden Connections is a 20 minute documentary revealing how these two facts are intertwined.
Australia is obliged to offer protection to refugees. Instead, many are processed at a detention centre on the remote, independent island of Nauru, 3,000km from Australia.
Rare footage inside the refugee detention camps on Nauru shows the impact on children of indefinite captivity on the 21km square island nation of Nauru.
The Greek coast guard goes out on a daily basis to rescue refugees from sinking boats. They feel as though they have been left to deal with an enormous humanitarian emergency by themselves, while more distant countries natter on about what to do and how many people they can be asked to absorb.
Director Len Morris, Reid Maki of the Child Labor Coalition and Dr. Mariana Chilton of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities discuss a plan to invest in the basic needs of poor children by raising a financial transactions tax.
"We all know education provides power, enlightenment, growth, prosperity and opportunity, but 59 million children in the world are not in school," says 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. He's got an idea what to do about that.
Western brands are making sure their supply chains of free of child labor. That's the good news. The bad news is that until garment workers are paid a living wage, their children will be in the workforce somewhere, denied a proper education, denied their childhoods. "Clean" supply chains are window dressing without a living wage for workers.
Poetry and personal testimony by children trying to regularize their immigration status.
2016 Unicef report on the 50 million children caught up in migration and war. Many of the youngest refugees have known only conflict and deprivation in their short lives. If we fail to provide them with opportunities for education and a more normal childhood, how will they be able to contribute positively to their societies? But if young refugees are accepted and protected today, if they have the chance to learn and grow, and to develop their potential, they can be a source of stability and economic progress.
Vincent Harding wrote that "the most authentic American dream is of a nation that does not yet exist, a transformed one whose complex richness we have occasionally sampled in harsh struggles for a new nation, one sometimes yearned for as “a more perfect union.”
Stakeholders in the movement to impose a financial transactions tax explain how it would work.
The Australian Government is choosing to subject women, men and children to an elaborate and cruel system of abuse with a policy that is intentionally designed to harm people, as highlighted in the new report issued by Amnesty International, leaving refugees to rot on the stony island of Nauru offshore. The local population abuses them with impunity, and authorities have ignored numerous cases of self-harm and assault of children.
More than three people were killed a week in 2015 defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries. Global Witness report On Dangerous Ground documented 185 killings across 16 countries – by far the highest annual death toll on record and more than double the number of journalists killed in the same period.
Juvenile Law Center today released a groundbreaking national report, Debtors’ Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System.
The financial industry has cost the U.S. economy trillions of dollars in lost value and misallocation of resources, value that could have been invested in more socially useful ways.
The North America Regional Report ties together the ways that the travel sector and child sexual exploitation intersect, because sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism happens in the United States and Canada too.