New State of the World's Children report calls for end of harmful
TORONTO, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The world is failing to reach children
with disabilities who are too often invisible and more likely to be
poor, experience violence and be out of school UNICEF revealed in its
2013 The State of the World's Children report titled Children with Disabilities released today.
"It is unacceptable that in many countries around the world children
with disabilities face institutionalization, abandonment or neglect,"
says UNICEF Canada's President and CEO David Morley. "Children with
disabilities must have the same opportunities as all other children."
One of the main obstacles facing children with disabilities is they are
often invisible as the number of children living with disabilities
globally is unknown. This is a critical gap that must be filled to
better understand what types of services children require and to ensure
that no child is left behind.
Key Findings in this year's report include;
Children with disabilities are disproportionately denied their right to
education. For example in Malawi a child with a disability is twice as
likely to have never attended school.
Children with disabilities are more than three times more likely to be
victims of abuse. Girls are particularly vulnerable \ and in many
countries are subject to forced sterilization or abortion.
Children with disabilities face particular challenges accessing drinking
water and sanitation services. Water points, taps and toilets are often
Children make-up the majority of casualties caused by landmines and
other explosive remnants of war which lead to severe disabilities.
Children accounted for 68 percent of all civilian casualties in the
Democratic Republic of Congo, 61 percent in Afghanistan and 58 percent
Since its adoption in 2006, about one third of countries have still not
ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Canadians should be proud Canada was one of the first signatories of the
Convention, but UNICEF is now encouraging Canada to not only fully
implement the Convention at home, but use its influence to ensure the
Convention is ratified and implemented around the world.
An Agenda for Action
Today's report includes a number of ways decision-makers and communities
can ensure children with disabilities are no longer excluded.
Some of these approaches include implementing the Convention on the
Rights of People with Disabilities, fighting discrimination through
policies and laws, ending institutionalization and ensuring sufficient
support for families caring for children with disabilities.
The report also emphasizes the importance of global research to generate
data and make children with disabilities more visible. It also
highlights the importance of including children and adolescents with
disabilities in decisions that affect their lives.
Visit www.unicef.ca/SOWC to read the report, view infographics and hear what youth from around
the world have to say through UNICEF's SOWC 2013 video challenge. Join
the conversation on Twitter by following UNICEF Canada (@UNICEFLive)
using the #thisability hashtag.
About The State of the World's Children reports
Each year, UNICEF's flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes
supporting data and statistics and is available in French and Spanish
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian
organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families,
doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children
with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food
security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children
regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are
active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our
determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too
far to go to help a child survive.
SOURCE: UNICEF Canada
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