Unicef calls for three years' sustained financing for education of displaced children to prevent even greater humanitarian disaster

The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years' guaranteed funding, Unicef has warned.

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Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor renowned for his challenging analysis of social trends, lectured Thursday night at Washington's Kennedy Center to an audience that included two Catholic cardinals and a motley group of very religious and distinctly non-religious people. He presented slides showing graph after graph that looked like gaping sharks' jaws. Again and again the lines that show trends in America between rich and poor open wider and wider. The gaps get larger. That's true for education, nutrition, participation in sports, and teen pregnancy. Putnam's message is that inequality is unmistakable and it is getting worse.

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to 50,000 undernourished children below the age of five are likely to die in war-torn South Sudan unless they receive urgent treatment, the U.N. Children's Fund has warned.

Nearly a quarter of a million children will suffer severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year if more is not done now to tackle hunger, UNICEF said on Friday. "The youngest citizens of the world's newest nation are on the verge of a nutrition crisis," it added. 

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After enduring 13 years of physical and psychological torture, Berivan Elif Kilic decided to leave the husband she was forced to marry and commit her life to protecting other young girls from enduring the same horror.

When Kilic was just 15, she was taken out of school, married off to a cousin and gave birth to two children soon after, the Daily Beast reported. Though the legal age to marry in her home country of Turkey is now 17, the practice of marrying girls off is still rampant.

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A high-powered group of global leaders, campaigners and celebrities joined forces today to get 57 million children into school and learning.

The Emergency Coalition for Global Education Action was announced at the 2015 Countdown Summit in Washington, DC, to pressure the international community to take action on behalf of children across the world.

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WASHINGTON, Apr 3 2014 (IPS) - Although half the world's population is under 25 years old, young people in more than two dozen countries feel that their opportunities for educational, economic and societal advancement are limited, according to new research released here Thursday.

Researchers say the results should help to drive and prioritise both public and private investment in services. 

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Leaders of Myanmar's four main religions met this week to make a joint 'Myanmar Interfaith Declaration' on the rights of the child.

The declaration expressed their commitment to the notion that every child can enjoy his or her rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The commitment was given at an event organised by a partnership between the Ratana Metta Organisation and UNICEF and held at the Chatrium Hotel on April 2-3.

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Today, 600 million adolescent girls live around the world, with 250 million of them living on less than $2 a day. Many of these girls are vulnerable from the moment they're born. They're vulnerable to discrimination, inequality and violence simply because they are born female.

The statistics are shocking. Young women in sub-Saharan Africa are up to eight times more likely than young men to be living with HIV. One in four girls under 17 reports experiencing sexual abuse worldwide, with rates being much higher in developing countries. And girls are less likely to be in school than their male counterparts, with parents often putting household duties and chores before education and learning.

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Woman Feeds Water to HIV Patient

During this week's 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the global community will come together to reflect on key achievements and challenges in advancing progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls. This provides an opportune moment to examine the impact of one such challenge: violence against women and girls.

Violence against women and girls has impeded progress on nearly every MDG. This includes efforts to reach the MDG 6 target of halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS--an epidemic that still disproportionally affects women and girls in many countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three women worldwide has experienced physical and/or sexual violence in her lifetime. Women who experience violence also often face serious health consequences, including higher rates of unintended pregnancies, mental health problems, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

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Pass Marriage Law, Adopt Comprehensive Approach

(LILONGWE) – THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAWI SHOULD INCREASE EFFORTS TO END WIDESPREAD CHILD AND FORCED MARRIAGE, OR RISK WORSENING POVERTY, ILLITERACY, AND PREVENTABLE MATERNAL DEATHS IN THE COUNTRY, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH SAID IN A REPORT RELEASED TODAY, AHEAD OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ON MARCH 8, 2014.

ACCORDING TO GOVERNMENT STATISTICS, HALF OF THE GIRLS IN MALAWI WILL BE MARRIED BY THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY, WITH SOME AS YOUNG AS AGE 9 OR 10 BEING FORCED TO MARRY. 

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