Back to the Books: Literacy Empowers Girls Around the World

As schools reopen around the world, hundreds of millions of children are entering physical classrooms for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March. Experts are examining the risks and benefits of the in-person learning experience, looking at the reopenings from both a public health and quality of education perspective. Long breaks from […]

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A Mother’s Story — What Parents Need to Know About Trafficking

Danielle was 17 years old, a freshman at Northeastern University, when she met the trafficker who forced her into two years of sex slavery. Her mother Jamie spoke with UNICEF USA about the factors that made her daughter vulnerable — and what parents need to know about trafficking in the United States. Describe your relationship with Danielle […]

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Preventing a silent crisis for Rohingya women and girls during COVID-19 pandemic

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar refugee camps are as worried about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as billions of other people around the world. So are Bangladeshi families living near the settlement, which is home to some 850,000 Rohingya refugees displaced from neighbouring Myanmar. They worry that […]

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As migrants return to Ethiopia, social workers show they’re essential to COVID-19 response

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – “It feels good to help others, especially children,” says Tirusew Getachew, a social worker based in Ethiopia’s capital. “But there aren’t many of us [social workers], and it’s challenging work.” Tirusew is one of three social workers currently attached to five quarantine centres for Ethiopian migrants who have been deported from […]

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‘Call 1166’: The COVID-19 helpline centre in Pakistan

“How can I help you?” Pause. “Have you travelled out of the country recently?” Pause. “Please stay on the line. I am connecting you to a doctor.” The young woman reassuring someone on the other end of the line is Sadia Saleem (pictured above), a call agent at the ‘Sehat Tahaffuz (meaning health protection in […]

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Heading back to school in the pandemic

An entire generation has seen its education interrupted. At the height of nation-wide lockdowns in April, approximately 91 per cent of the world’s students in more than 194 countries were out of school. This has caused immeasurable disruption to the lives, learning and wellbeing of children around the world.   UNICEF is working together with governments and […]

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