Giving Compass' Take:

• As the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of Children approaches, there is concern that we have not protected children's rights or have shielded them from extreme poverty, trafficking, and slavery. 

• What is the role of donors in addressing childhood poverty?  What evidence-based programs have made meaningful impact in advancing children's rights? 

• Here are seven ways the world got closer to ending child marriage last year. 


As the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Children approaches, there is certainly progress to be proud of — fewer infants are dying from preventable causes and more kids are enrolled in school.

However, there is still much work to be done to ensure the pact is upheld and that children everywhere have a better future, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights News, Michelle Bachelet, urged during the opening remarks of the 80th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday.

Although the Convention received unprecedented support when it was ratified in 1990, many countries have since fallen short in their promise to protect children from extreme poverty, trafficking, and slavery, Bachelet said.

If progress does not improve, an estimated 60 million children under five will die from preventable causes between 2017 and 2030. The majority of these children will be born in rural parts of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where extreme poverty is most prevalent.

The world's children also face threats of forced labor and abuse. Nearly one-third of all human trafficking victims are children — and refugee, migrant, and displaced children are most vulnerable to this kind of abuse, according to UNICEF. In particular, girls are at high risk of being forced into domestic slavery, sexual slavery, and child marriage. Every year, 12 million girls are married before they turn 18, according to nonprofit organization, Girls Not Brides.

Read the full article about ensuring the rights of all children by  Erica Sanchez and Sophie Maes at Global Citizen