A new law in Nepal would recognize children born out of wedlock by considering their parents married – even if they’re not. Women’s rights activists have championed the change, but many questions remain about how the law would work.
The dire circumstances in local refugee camps – including lack of services, dependence on aid and general uncertainty for the largely South Sudanese population – make it more likely that girls will get married and have children before they turn 18. Authorities in Uganda’s Palorinya Refugee Settlement believe education could help, but reversing the trend is an uphill battle.
Lacking supportive families, thousands of children and teenagers live in institutions in Argentina. Their government support disappears at age 18, but a new law aims to help them move successfully into adulthood.
Since 2012, the world has recognized October 11 as International Day of the Girl. This day of awareness, created by the U.N., seeks to highlight the needs and rights of the more than 1 billion girls in the world. We asked girls in 10 countries to reflect on the best and worst aspects of being a girl. Their answers might surprise you.
More Rwandan children are choosing to live on the streets, even though the government launched a major program in 2011 to give children their rights and find homes for children in institutions. A look at the issue reveals an absence of data, uncertain causes and children from ages 5 to 17 sleeping on sidewalks.
In one of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest cities, there are no facilities for young people who are charged with crimes, and the existing juvenile court is barely functional. As a result, they end up in adult jails amid difficult conditions and no access to rehabilitation.
In 2016, Zambia’s government implemented a national strategy to curb child marriage. But civil society organizations say the laws exclude children who aren’t in school, and that more needs to be done to end the practice entirely.
In Chiapas, the state with Mexico’s highest childhood poverty rate, many children quit school early to work instead. These youth have few options, but a training program strives to put opportunity within reach.
In Zimbabwe’s capital, many children rely on daily meals offered by neighborhood drop-in centers. As center administrators struggle to provide consistency despite the crumbling economy, they wonder privately how much longer it will last.