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To Mark International Day of the Girl, a Look at the Joys and Hardships of Girlhood

Region: World

Topics: Child Rights

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.

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NGO Working for Justice Reform – and Justice – for Ugandans Under the Age of 18

Region: Uganda

Topics: Child RightsLegal Rights

Often held in overcrowded prisons meant for adults, many children arrested in Uganda don’t even know their rights. But the nonprofit Free Child Uganda has given legal aid to some 1,000 children, since Winfred Adukule-Meuter founded the organization in 2016.

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Two Years After Ban, Corporal Punishment Still Used, Debated in Ugandan Schools

Region: Uganda

Topics: Child RightsEducationLegislation

In 2016, Uganda categorically banned corporal punishment in schools. But two years later, as students continue to report being beaten, and experts debate the merits of caning, the issue remains far from settled.

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In Nepal’s Children’s Homes, Volunteers Work Illegally and, in Some Cases, Put Kids at Risk

Region: Nepal

Topics: Child RightsHuman Rights

The Nepalese government struggles to enforce a law requiring all international volunteers to apply for work permits before taking even unpaid jobs in the country. Some volunteers take temporary jobs at children’s homes, some of which offer the visitors unfettered access to children.

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Illegal Children’s Homes Meet High Demand in Haiti, Often Fed by Desperate Parents

Region: Haiti

Topics: Child RightsHuman Rights

The Haitian government hopes to eventually close all of the children's homes in the country. But for now, officials say they'll settle for simply counting them all.

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Child Homelessness in Rwanda Continues, Despite Government Efforts to Provide Homes

Region: Rwanda

Topics: Child Rights

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.

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Trafficking Ring Suspected of Kidnapping Infants from DRC Hospitals to Supply International Demand

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Child RightsHuman Rights

Child trafficking in Kisangani creates nightmares for mothers whose babies are often stolen from the hospital where they were born. Last year, in Kisangani, one of DRC’s largest cities, 36 children were reported abducted from hospitals, churches and markets. Ten are still missing.

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In Argentina, an Offer of Help For Young Adults Leaving State Care

Region: Argentina

Topics: Child Rights

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.

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