Today is the International Day of the Girl Child. It is a U.N. event with a grand name and a powerful mission. Girls around the world, especially in lower-income countries, often face terrible things, from genital mutilation to child marriage to kidnapping. We asked five photographers, who devote much or all of their time to documenting the lives of global girls, to share photos with special significance and talk about the images.
Top photo: Nine months pregnant, Niruta, who is 14, arrives at her wedding in Kagati Village, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal on Jan. 23, 2007. Niruta moved in with the family of her 17-year-old husband-to-be and became pregnant when they were engaged — considered acceptable in her society. (Courtesy of Stephanie Sinclair)
Bottom photos: Sheldean Human of Pretoria, South Africa, was 7 when she was murdered, then raped, by a stranger in 2007. Furrer photographed her schoolmates: “These two girls represent a situation of incredible pain and loss but they are just so dignified. It breaks my heart.” (Mariella Furrer)
It’s the most humanitarian aid we’ve ever sent by air in a single month. And we won’t stop - as long as children are in need we will continue to carry out these urgent supply missions.
On our blog, Supply Division Director Shanelle Hall explains what’s going where in August 2014: http://uni.cf/1qKgu9A
Breastfeeding public awareness campaign in New York City - Subway posters.
Nursing in Public laws by State. Is it legal where you live?
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is pleased to announce that the slogan and theme for WBW 2014: BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - For Life!
This year’s WABA World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding - in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond. We call on all celebrants of WBW to Protect, Promote and Support Breastfeeding: it is a vital Life-Saving Goal!
If you are organising an event please let WABA know by making a PLEDGE for your event. Download and fill the simple Pledge Form, email it to WABA, so we can put it on the Pledge Map on this site! The WBW 2014 Action Folder is available in English, Spanish, and Arabic with more languages coming.
The 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card is now available. The report provides state and national data on breastfeeding rates as well as on supports for breastfeeding. Highlights of the report include:
- Rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration (at 6 and 12 months)
- Availability of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)
- Availability of Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs)
Data from the 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card show that in 2011, 79 percent of newborn infants started breastfeeding, 49 percent were breastfeeding at 6 months and 27 percent were breastfeeding at 12 months.
Professional breastfeeding support can help mothers start and continue breastfeeding to meet personal goals and national health recommendations. CDC monitors professional breastfeeding support, and this year’s Breastfeeding Report Card shows that the number of IBCLCs – professionals who specialize in clinical management of lactation – nearly doubled from 2006 to 2013. Also, the number of CLCs, a relatively new profession that provides breastfeeding education and counseling, has increased rapidly since 2011. The availability of professional breastfeeding support varied by state. For more information about breastfeeding promotion and support, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm.
‘Nanette’ joined the Séléka armed group in Central African Republic when she was just 15. She was regularly forced to have sex with her Commander. “I did not have a choice,” she said.
In January, Nanette was released into a UNICEF-supported transit centre. “I was disturbed when I arrived at the centre, very nervous and worried about my future. But with the support of the team, I have learnt to move on and build a life. I now live with my big sister and have begun a vocational training programme (supported by UNICEF).”
Violence against children is entirely preventable when people come together and say that it is unacceptable. It’s #TimeToAct to end the rape and abuse of children in war. #ENDviolence http://uni.cf/PSVI