Children’s rights: challenges and achievements in 2021

Posted on Posted in Association's life, Child Marriage, Children's Rights, Education, Empowerment, Environment, Explotation, Health, Human Rights, LGBTQ+ Rights, Life at Humanium, refugees, violence

The year we are slowly leaving behind has been another challenging year for children’s rights worldwide. Children around the world have been faced with many barriers hindering their opportunities to a fulfilled life, such as migration, exploitation, poverty, violence, discrimination, etc. The COVID-19 pandemic which struck a year before has continued to take its toll […]

Child brides in Zimbabwe: a call for education

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Despite the development of international and national children’s rights and the intensive work of civil society, Zimbabwe is still home to numerous child marriages, threatening the development and well-being of young girls. When a State is unable or unwilling to combat harmful cultural practices, education is the only option. A public case to shed light […]

The impact of COVID-19 on child marriage in the Middle East and North Africa

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COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities and amplified human rights challenges across the globe. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, young children from at-risk populations – girls in particular – have been forced to face an array of new hardships including an increased risk of child marriage. A recent public statement from UNICEF […]

The right to a healthy environment is a fundamental human right: the UN HRC Resolution

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The right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment has been officially recognized as one of the fundamental human rights. This is a very important step forward, which took place on October 8, 2021, when the United Nations Human Rights Council approved Resolution 48/13, calling on UN Member states to cooperate to implement this […]

The Mediterranean route: A dream for a better life destroyed by human trafficking

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Children represent 27% of global human trafficking victims. This issue particularly affects girls, who account for two-thirds of the victims of this serious crime, which has a drastic impact on the lives of thousands of children (Save the Children, 2021). Trafficking rings have easily spotted the opportunities for bringing in new victims that migration routes […]

The Canadian colonial state and the disappearance of Indigenous children – the continuing repercussions

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The recent discovery of unmarked graves containing the remains of Indigenous children has shaken Canada over the past few months, highlighting the veil that has been thrown over both the atrocities of the past and the current vulnerable situation – stemming primarily from the colonial context – in which Indigenous children and adults find themselves. […]

An alarming rise in child marriage among Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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The Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the refugee and economic crisis in Lebanon has led to a staggering increase in child marriages amongst Syrian refugees in the country, where the rate of child marriage has increased four folds since the Syrian conflict began (Monla-Hassan & Yacoubian, 2020). While child marriage is a global issue, there are various country-specific […]

Humanium’s struggle to protect environmental rights coordinated with the Working Group on Environment

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On July 27, 2021, Humanium attended a general meeting of the Working Group on Environment with the representatives of several NGOs: Child Rights International Network (CRIN), Terre des Hommes, Child Rights Connect, and Franciscans International. The general meeting of the Working Group on Environment was an important occasion for Humanium to discuss with the other […]

Afghan children’s rights under serious threat under the Taliban regime

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With the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban launched an offensive on multiple fronts to reconquer territory across the country. The Afghan army was overrun, continually losing ground, until on 15 August 2021, the Taliban conquered Kabul without significant effort. The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, formerly given military support from the United […]

The importance of fair access to justice for children

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On July 13, 2021 a parallel event was held at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, where access to justice was discussed with experts and children. Organized with the particular contribution of Child Rights Connect, this event was an opportunity to discuss some of the big challenges linked to children’s access to justice. […]