Student kidnapping frightens Nigeria again

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As of early March 2024, Nigeria is living in a spiralling security crisis: over 380 children have been kidnapped by Islamist insurgents like Boko Haram in the country’s northeast and other criminal groups in the northwest. Thanks to the negotiations between the government and the gunmen, 137 students have been released, but many more are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pink for girls, blue for boys: why toys for children should be free from stereotypes

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Gender stereotypes are present in everyday life, including in the toys for children. They impose a significant impact on children’s personal growth and development, as they can reinforce social expectations regarding gender roles and influence their future choices. Opting for gender-neutral toys which allow children to discover their interests and acquire new skills is the […]

A global perspective on children’s rights in 2023

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Nowadays, millions of children face persistent obstacles in exercising their fundamental rights to healthcare, education, and protection. Floods, earthquakes, and wars, compounded by governmental inaction in implementing crucial policies, have notably exacerbated the already dire circumstances faced by children, intensifying their vulnerability. The devastating events throughout 2023 have led to increased fatalities, widespread displacement of […]

Child poverty realities: insights from four European nations

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According to a recent report, one child out of four is at risk of child poverty and social exclusion in Europe. The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, followed by and coupled with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, have exposed and exacerbated inequalities, increasing the number of children at risk. In this context, children from four European countries […]

The ongoing crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh: childhoods shattered by conflict

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Since the early decades of the 20th century, the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, which turned into a protracted and complex conflict over territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan, has left a lasting impact on generations of children growing up in the region. This enduring conflict, rooted in historical, cultural, and political factors, has exposed young minds to a […]

The hindered right to education for girls in Iraq after ISIS

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The fundamental rights of girls in Iraq are violated by a variety of barriers, some of which explicitly contradict the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Numerous girls who only want to exercise their right to education now face additional challenges as a result of the ISIS invasion of Iraq. Despite the fact […]

Crude oil exploitation in Uganda and its impacts on children’s rights

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As part of one of the projects led by the French company TotalEnergies, it was agreed to build a colossal 1,443 km pipeline between Uganda and Tanzania through which crude oil is to be transported. The pipeline would lead to the port of Tanga, Tanzania, for subsequent export to various parts of the world. Despite […]