Shedding Light on Life in the Dark

In 2015, the United Nations celebrates the Year of Light, an “observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science…and its importance to humankind.”[2] Yet, as Pia Vogler writes, “Night time [in and of itself] is scarcely discussed when it comes to the analysis of life in a refugee camp.”

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World Environment Day: Let’s Do It, World!

World Environment Day (WED), observed annually on June 5th, strives to increase awareness about issues facing the environment. Sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program, WED has been celebrated for decades. This movement encourages individuals to take an active role in cleaning up their communities and help preserve natural resources for future generations.

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Fighting Back Against FGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM) — also referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision — is widely consider to be a human rights violation against girls and women, and the rights of children, as it is often carried out on young girls, usually between the ages of their infancy and fifteen.

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New Voices and Modern Tools in UNICEF’s Flagship Report

In December, the United Nations deemed 2014 one of the worst years on record for the world’s children, especially those in the Middle East and Africa. Despite this dire news, it is also important to focus on UNICEF’s successes in its efforts to support the rights of children worldwide, and what can be done to achieve a better outlook for 2015.

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