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How Violence Plagues the World’s Poor

Photograph courtesy of IJM

— “The locusts of everyday violence have been allowed to swarm unabated in the developing world. And they are laying waste to the hope of the poor.” – Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros in their new book, ”The Locust Effect” While working in over 190 countries and territories around the world, UNICEF comes face to face […]

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Ending Violence against Women and Girls

Women celebrate the inauguration of the City of Joy in DRC.

— On February 14, women, men and children everywhere were rising up in opposition to violence against women. We were part of a campaign called One Billion Rising, which grew out of the fact that 1 in 3 women around the world will be raped or abused in her lifetime. That’s more than one billion women and girls.
UNICEF works around the world to protect women and girls from violence. In 2007, UNICEF and V-Day launched the creation of a safe space in Bakavu, DRC, for survivors of sexual violence, called City of Joy. This is just one example of how UNICEF and partners are working to end violence against women and children.

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Battling Epidemics of AIDS and Violence

U.S. Fund for UNICEF Board Member Gary Cohen talking about Together for Girls at the AIDS 2012 Conference in Washington, D.C.

— In honor of World AIDS Day and the annual “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence,” UNAIDS and Together for Girls joined forces to hold an event called “Ending the Dual Epidemics of HIV/AIDS and Gender-Based Violence.” GBV and HIV/AIDS are each serious threats to children, but combined, GBV and HIV/AIDS disproportionately and brutally hurt women and girls. UNICEF is a major player around the world helping communities prevent GBV, and helping women and girls receive the assistance they need to survive violence and AIDS.

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What kids in Afghanistan are going through

Not too long ago, I blogged about the worsening situation in Afghanistan, and the impact it’s having on children there. Now the UN Secretary-General has released a report

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Silence is acceptance

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How a stove can save a life

In Sudan’s Darfur region, rape has become a widespread weapon of war, used by militias to intimidate and terrorize communities. Many of these sexual attacks occur when girls venture into the wilderness to collect firewood that is essential for boiling water and cooking.

Since the start of the conflict in Darfur, UNICEF has been helping children survive through immunization, nutrition and clean water programs. Now, UNICEF is helping protect young girls by providing fuel-efficient stoves.

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