Young citizens, young voters: Belgium lowers the voting age to 16 for the European elections

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The 2024 European Parliament election will have a new age group voting in Belgium. For the first time, 16 and 17-year-olds will vote for their representatives in the European Parliament, following the model of Austria, Greece, and Malta. After several interpretations, the Belgian Constitutional Court ruled that young Belgians would be subjected to compulsory voting […]

The intrusion of media sexualization in childhood

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Children today are inundated with explicit content across media platforms, fueled by marketing strategies that exploit their innocence for profit. Recent studies reveal a sharp increase in the exposure of children to sexualized content, from music and television to social media and advertisements. This harmful practice, particularly targeting adolescents, poses serious risks to children’s mental […]

Adverse effects of global economic instability on children

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In today’s world, economic instability – characterized by swings in employment, income, and resource availability – has become a common occurrence. Even though adults are most affected by financial crises and economic downturns, the effects of this instability go well beyond their financial concerns. Particularly, children are frequently the silent victims of economic instability, suffering […]

Crisis spillover in the Sahel: bruised childhood lacks support and protection

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The evocation of conflicts, terrorism, and violation of children’s rights is, unfortunately, nothing new, given the events that have affected the Sahel region in recent years. As a result of the inherent violence in conflicts, major migratory flows, and desperate humanitarian needs, children are deprived of their fundamental rights and protection against the dangers threatening […]

Climate crisis threatens Indigenous children living on reserves in Canada

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While the climate crisis is experienced by all, marginalized groups are often disproportionately impacted by its negative effects. This is the reality for Indigenous children living on reserves in Canada. The climate crisis not only threatens Indigenous children’s right to health and safety but also results in their loss of land, culture, and livelihood. Canada […]

How education system struggles in North Macedonia affect children

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The education system in North Macedonia is facing a unique set of challenges. The current landscape is marked by unprecedented obstacles, notably the scarcity of textbooks stemming from political complexities and the frequent occurrence of false bomb threats. Consequently, these challenges have compounded, prompting the youth of the country to face significant setbacks in their […]

Social exclusion and poverty in France: an alarming reality made worse by the immigration law

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Although France is considered in Europe to be a rich country that safeguards human rights, it is home to many people, especially children, who live in an alarmingly precarious situation, threatened by social exclusion on a daily basis. European regulations and France’s commitments may purport to guarantee children’s rights and access to essential services, but […]

Realities of the entertainment industry in the USA: child performers and their right to education

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While child labor laws typically prohibit minors from working, the United States carves out exceptions for child performers, reflecting the nation’s fascination with show business. In the glitzy world of American entertainment, child performers, that is,  children under 18 years of age who perform work or supply services for monetary compensation in the entertainment industry, […]

The power of music on children’s well-being

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Music is humanity’s universal language which can help people connect, communicate, express, learn and grow. Music can also be a therapeutic tool to develop children’s physical, emotional and social well-being. By supporting them in expressing their feelings and developing their cognitive functions, music can help children feel included and boost their self-esteem. How music affects […]

Examining the rights of Ethiopian Jewish immigrant children in Israel

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The persistent systemic discrimination faced by Ethiopian Jews in Israel has left Ethiopian immigrants in a distressing state as they persist in their struggle for equal rights. This community confronts significant challenges, such as disproportionately high rates of incarceration, discriminatory incidents within the education system, and elevated poverty rates that impact the mental well-being of […]