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 […]

Increasing opioid misuse in Canadian youth

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The escalation of prescription opioid utilization in Canada since the 1980s has been profound, propelling the nation to become the world’s second-largest consumer of these medications. Alarming findings from a Canadian survey reveal that a significant portion of recent opioid users, including adolescents have engaged in illicit drug practices, obtained and consumed these substances without […]

The problematic trend of US parents administering melatonin to their children

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In the past two decades, the over-the-counter use of melatonin supplements has seen an unprecedented surge in the United States. Despite its widespread popularity and easy accessibility, concerns persist over parents’ increasing reliance on it as a quick fix for insomnia, with limited evidence supporting its efficacy. The unregulated availability of melatonin, without the need […]

A global perspective on children’s rights in 2023

Posted on Posted in Children's Rights, Education, Freedom, Health, Peace, Poverty, refugees, violence

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 […]

Implications of brief maternity leave for American children and mothers

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More than a century ago, American women advocated for paid maternity leave, yet the American government fell short. Today, the absence of comprehensive maternity leave policies in the U.S. continues to impact the well-being of both mothers and children. Despite recent amendments, the issue of maternal leave remains a work in progress. Many working mothers […]

Infant Oral Mutilation (IOM) – a persistent harmful practice across Eastern and Central Africa

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Infant oral mutilation also known as milk teeth extraction is a harmful practice, which has been inflicted upon children for centuries in Eastern and Central Africa and that is still being carried out today. Like many other harmful practices facing children, it poses serious health risks and in certain cases even leads to death. Since […]

Nightmarish children’s situations in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp

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The Za’atari refugee camp is the largest refugee center in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world (DW, 2022). According to United Nations statistics, more than half of the 81,000 refugees living in the Za’atari camp are minors (Aljazeera, 2016). Children within the camp are subjected to violations of their fundamental rights and […]

Hidden struggles: the surprising mental health crisis among Japan’s youth

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The youth in Japan has been experiencing mental health struggles due to academic pressure, social norms, bullying, and a lack of independence. Moreover, Japan also faces a concerning trend with increasing suicide rates among those under 20. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental health in Japan and a cultural reluctance to seek help only exacerbate the […]

USA’s sugar epidemic: examining its impact on children’s health

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Over the past few decades, the United States has been grappling with a sugar epidemic, contributing to various health issues, especially among children. Due to their developing bodies and susceptibility to sugar overload, children, in particular, are at a higher risk of developing chronic health conditions. However, by promoting healthy eating habits and reducing the […]