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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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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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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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Lack of Juvenile Courts and Facilities in DRC City Leaves Teenagers Lingering in Adult Jails

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Child RightsLegal Rights

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.

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Laws Prohibiting Child Marriage in Zambia Don’t Protect All Children, Advocates Say

Region: Zambia

Topics: Child Rights

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.

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In Mexico’s Poorest State, Training Program Helps Youth Make the Most of Few Options

Region: Mexico

Topics: BusinessChild RightsJobs

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.

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In Zimbabwe, Children’s Charities Struggle to Fend Off Growing Food Insecurity

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Child RightsEconomy

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.

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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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