Children in the World

The global children’s right situation, by country

Today, there are more than 2.2 billion children on Earth. Nearly two billion of these live in a developing country.

Depending on the country in which they reside, a child will not enjoy the same rights or conditions of life as their Western counterparts.  Many regions and countries in the Third World face great disparities, and the factors in question, whether political, economic, social, cultural, ethnic or religious, can have a different impact on each child.

Despite the progress that has been made in recent years, the situation faced by the children of our world is still desperate.  The most fundamental rights of minors are violated in most parts of the world, and even in the most economically developed countries not all children benefit from the same rights.

Poverty remains the principal cause of the violation of the Rights of the Child because lack of funds seriously impedes access to their basic human needs: healthcare, water, food and education.  In the countries which are least affected by poverty, children generally have the chance to enjoy these rights, although many are still victims of violence, abuse or discrimination.

To learn more about the situation of children in a particular country, click on a continent: