Support Extension of RTE Act to Secondary Education
Did you know that children of mothers who are educated have better chances of not being undernourished, compared to girls who have never been educated. Investing in girls' education is an important component of strategies to prevent child mortality, child marriage and teenage pregnancies. The Right to Free and CMore
Priyanka Chopra inspires teenage girls to aim high...
Bollywood Actress, International Recording Artist and UNICEF India Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met with young women in Chandrapur, India, to mark International Youth Day and to witness how their lives are being transformed through the Building Young Futures programme, which is run in partnership w
Giving Children A New Start To Their Lives
In this quiet village of Bhuja in southern Rajasthan, 14 year old Payal and her younger brother managed to stay back in school despite several pressures to get engaged in child labour following their father’s untimely death. The children suddenly learnt they had to earn wages to manage their family.
UNICEF Ambassador Shakira strikes a chord with girls from Udaipur
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira met with a group of adolescent girls from Udaipur in Rajasthan. For Shakira, it was inspiring to hear the girls’ stories. “It is very special to spend time with these girls, internalize their challenges, their efforts to get an education and to make a better life f
Adolescence- An Age of Opportu
Today, 1.2 billion adolescents stand at the crossroads between childhood and the adult world. Around 243 million of them live in India. As they stand at these crossroads, so do societies at large – the crossroads between losing out on the potential of a generation or nurturing them to transform society. As adolescents flourish, so do their communities, and all of us have a collective responsibility in ensuring that adolescence does in fact become an age of opportunity. In India adolescents, young people between the ages of 10 and 19, account for nearly one quarter of the total po
A total of 330 million people, a quarter of India’s population, have been affected by the drought of 2015-16. The drought has had an impact on 2, 55,923 villages in 254 districts of 10 states. (Indian Express Newspaper, 20 April, 2016) Drought is a complex, slow-onset phenomenon of ecological challenge that affects people more than any other natural hazards Against the background of this repetitive drought and drought-like situation in many states of India over the last few years, UNICEF’s India Country Office sought to improve its first-hand understanding of t
Strengthening Rehabilitation &
Juvenile Justice is a key area of social policy, dealing with a growing number of children and youth who have been marginalized and displaced by rapid socioeconomic changes. The framers of the Constitution of India placed a duty on the State to ensure that children live a life of dignity and respect. By also ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Government of India had, in 1992, agreed to the international legal obligation to protect, promote, and fulfill the civil, political, cultural, economic and social rights of children. Yet, 40%1 of ou