a Hero for a Better World ... Every Act of Kindness Makes
labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and
if you continue to use the labor of children as the
treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will
have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
first and continuing argument for the curtailment
of working hours and the raising of the minimum age
was that education was necessary in a democracy and
working children could not attend school.
"Everyone deserves the best start in life, which
is what UNICEF is working to provide the world's
most vulnerable children. Education is essential
to a child's development. I hope that as an Ambassador
I can encourage people to join UNICEF's mission
to make education a reality for children throughout
"UNICEF is working for the survival of children
worldwide. What can we do to get more Americans
committed to the cause?" "
"There is no trust more sacred than the one the
world holds with children. There is no duty more
important than ensuring that their rights are respected,
that their welfare is protected, that their lives
are free from fear and want and that they can grow
up in peace."
do not constitute anyone's property: they are neither the
property of their parents nor even of society. They belong
only to their own future freedom."
-- Mikhail Bakunin
I can’t think of any issue that is more important
than working to see that no schoolchild in this
world goes hungry.
Feeding a child at school is such a simple thing
– but it works miracles.
feeding not only fills stomachs, but has a proven
track record of boosting enrollment, attendance
and academic performance. For just pennies a day
per child, this program changes lives – and ultimately
can impact the futures of poor countries around
the world in a profound way.
"These children and their parents know that getting
an education is not only their right, but a passport
to a better future - for the children and for the
children and their parents know that getting an education
is not only their right, but a passport to a better future
- for the children and for the country. Kenya's decision
to abolish school fees is a shining example of just what
can be achieved in the developing world by sheer political
who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS are not only just as deserving
of an education as any other children, but they may need
that education even more. Being part of a school environment
will prepare them for the future, while helping to remove
the stigma and discrimination unfortunately associated with
serving the best interests of children, we serve
the best interests of all humanity."
a world that is truly fit for children does not imply simply
the absence of war. It means having the confidence that
our children would not die of measles or malaria. It means
having access to clean water and proper sanitation. It means
having primary schools nearby that educate children, free
of charge. It means changing the world with children, ensuring
their right to participate, and that their views are heard
and considered. It means building a world fit for children,
where every child can grow to adulthood in health, peace
-- Carol Bellamy
"The economic benefits of investing in children have
been extensively documented. Investing fully in children
today will ensure the well-being and productivity of future
generations for decades to come. By contrast, the physical,
emotional and intellectual impairment that poverty inflicts
on children can mean a lifetime of suffering and want –
and a legacy of poverty for the next generation… "
-- Carol Bellamy
let us build the global alliance to realize that goal, secure
in the knowledge that in serving the best interests of children,
we serve the best interests of all humanity.
-- Carol Bellamy
the lives and the rights of children are at stake, there
must be no silent witnesses.”
is needed now are increased efforts to promote youth participation
and commitment; more services aimed at youth; more parental
involvement; more education and information, using schools
and other sites; more protection for girls, orphaned children
and young women;and more partnerships with people with HIV
-- Carol Bellamy
the threat of global terror hanging over all of us, there
is only one path: to pursue the Millennium Development Goals
with fresh resolve –confronting violence, bigotry and hatred
with the same determination that we attack the causes from
which they spring – conflict, ignorance, poverty and disease.
The world we seek, where every child can grow to adulthood
in health, peace and dignity – in short, a world fit for
children – has remained a dream for more years than we can
count. But we at UNICEF are convinced that working together
with committed partners, and with an appropriate plan of
action and a commitment to resources, we can make that dream
a reality for each and every child on earth.”
that began with children having virtually no rights is ending
with children having the most powerful legal instrument
that not only recognizes but protects their human rights."
Convention is not only a visionary document. We are reminded
daily that it is an agreement that works – and its utility
can be seen in the everyday use to which I have seen it
increasingly being put by country after country, in policy,
in practice and in law."
fact is that there is enough food in the world for
everyone. But tragically, much of the world's food
and land resources are tied up in producing beef and
other livestock--food for the well off--while millions
of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and
spoke out, committed civil disobedience, and went to
jail because the peace hangs senselessly and precariously
upon weapons costing billions to build and billions
to improve — weapons which become more useless as we
add to their destructive force. With this money we could
have fed the world's people. Half the children on earth
go to bed hungry — millions more have retarding and
stunting protein deficiencies. Instead of building the
peace by attacking injustices like starvation, disease,
illiteracy, political and economic servitude, we spend
a trillion dollars on war since 1946, until hatred and
conflict have become the international preoccupation."
child awakens to a universe.
The mind of the child to a world of meaning.
Imagination to a world of beauty.
Emotions to a world of intimacy.
It takes a universe to make a child
both in outer form and inner spirit.
It takes a universe to educate a child.
A universe to fulfill a child.
need systems that are inclusive and driven by them,
systems that will enable them to respond to their
feelings and needs at any time."
Success will be when every child in the world has
access to a service like Childline and knows that
someone who cares is just a phone call away
do we redefine education so that 30-50 percent of
inner-city children do not drop out of school, thus
ensuring that millions will end up in prison?
The ultimate test of a moral society
is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
must look towards societies that set a high value
on nonaggression and noncompetitive ness, and therefore
handle conflicts by nonviolent means. We can see how
child rearing patterns produce nurturing adult behaviors.”
never going to have respectful and reverential relationships
with the planet- and sensible policies about what
we put in the air, the soil, the water – if very young
children don’t begin learning about these things literally
in their houses, backyards, streets and schools. We
need to have human beings who are oriented that way
from their earliest memories.”
these children that you spit on
as they try to change their worlds
are immune to your consultations.
They're quite aware of what they're going through…"
-- David Bowie "Changes"
Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful
world from our parents and they from their parents.
It is in our hands whether our children and their
children inherit the same world. We must not be the
generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the
35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don't
know where their next meal is coming from, and 13
million of them are children. If another country were
doing this to our children, we'd be at war.
Many people think that hunger is unavoidable in any
society, even a society that is blessed with great
abundance. That is not true. The European community
does not have widespread hunger. America, which leads
the world in so many ways, can end childhood hunger
within its borders.
"We want the world to focus on children whose lives
have been devastated by AIDS. The millions of children
who are missing their parents; their childhood, their
future but most importantly, they are missing YOU.
Everyone can make a real difference. Your voice is
needed in a global movement that can change their
“We are asking people to understand that slavery still
exists today; in fact, according to a recent New York
Times article, if you count the number of women and
children in bonded labor, domestic slavery or sexual
slavery today, there are more slaves in the world
than at any other time in history.”
"School feeding is a great tool to encourage education
and provide food aid to children born into extremely
impoverished situations. The kids in school being fed
by WFP are empowered by their school meal to learn and
better their lives!"
If our American way of life fails the child, it
fails us all.
"Every minute of every day, a child under 15
is infected with HIV - the overwhelming majority of
children under 15 who are HIV-positive get infected
through their mothers at birth. Without treatment,
half of these children die before they reach their
we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which
children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured
-- Albert Camus
I had one wish for my children, it would be that each of
them would reach for goals that have meaning for them as
-- Lillian Carter
child must know that he is a miracle, that since the
beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until
the end of the world there will not be, another child
You must work - we must all work to make the world
worthy of its children.
hurts. Because of AIDS, children are bullied, isolated
and shut out of school. They are missing out on
education. They are missing out on medicines. Children
are missing your love, care and protection. Join
me. And become a stigma buster. UNITE FOR CHILDREN
UNITE AGAINST AIDS"
most important thing that parents can teach their children
is how to get along without them.
-- Frank A. Clark
"Music can speak louder than words, and I will use
my music to speak out on behalf of children everywhere."
We all have families who are longing for peace in the
world and an end to the suffering caused by poverty,
disease, and hunger. Untold numbers of our friends,
our neighbors, our parents, and our children, are hoping
that there is more understanding, more generosity, more
genuine friendship, and more caring among people of
all faiths and cultures.
In a nutshell, this United Nations non-profit organization
[World Food Programme] feeds millions of starving children
at schools in third world countries as an incentive
for them to attend school, which in turn might better
their futures. They do so much more but I was so struck
by this story.
"UNICEF is helping mothers realize their dreams for
the future — a future in which the basic needs for
a child’s survival: food, clean water and simple health
care — are guaranteed."
As a people, we value family, education and success.
Hunger is an enemy to all three. Scientific studies
have demonstrated that even brief periods of hunger
can permanently inhibit a child's mental, emotional
and physical growth. Kids who are hungry do poorly
in school and are unlikely to grow into productive
adults. For families, experiencing hunger means living
in a world of isolation and shame. Caring citizens
must put an end to this disgrace.
greatest gift we can give to our children is to raise
them in a culture of peace."
of us believe in communism,
Some of us believe in capitalism,
Some of us believe in spiritualism,
Some of us believe in materialism
Some mothers believe in heavy dandy,
Some fathers believe in understanding.
Some of us believe in total freedom,
Some of us believe in laying the rules on.
But the children believe in friends,
For the children of the world,
Every boy and girl,
All they'll know is what we teach 'em,
Most of us fail when we try to reach 'em
For the children believe in having friends
live in a complex world and the motivation to use
violence to solve problems needs to be seriously questioned.
It is essential that we help our children perceive
peaceful alternatives. We need to use these troubled
times as an opportunity to create a new vision for
only way children can learn the habit of forgiveness
is by seeing us, their parents, forgive others and
legacy I want to leave is a child-care system that says
that no kid is going to be left alone or left unsafe.
in [children] is not a national luxury or a national choice.
It's a national necessity. If the foundation of your house
is crumbling, you don't say you can't afford to fix it while
you're building astronomically expensive fences to protect
it from outside enemies. The issue is not are we going to
pay -- it's are we going to pay now, up front, or are we
going to pay a whole lot more later on.
most of recorded history, parental violence against
children and men's violence against wives was explicitly
or implicitly condoned. Those who had the power
to prevent and/or punish this violence through religion,
law, or custom, openly or tacitly approved it. …..The
reason violence against women and children is finally
out in the open is that activists have brought it
to global attention."
times, a child's struggle against hunger begins before
he or she is born because the mother is undernourished.
Making sure prenatal care and proper nutrition are
available for expectant mothers in need is a critical
part of ending childhood hunger.
guarantees come with children's liberation. But neither
the promise of great benefits to all nor the prediction
of great difficulties ahead can serve as the reason for
granting or denying rights to children. Rights will be granted
because without them children are incapacitated, oppressed,
-- Richard Farson "Birthrights"
of us tend to view childhood as a time of carefree pleasure.
Those of us who have looked at the real condition of children
in America, however, see a very different picture--one in
which children are victims of terrible discrimination, prejudice,
and abuse. They need protection. But the protection they
need most is to have the protection of civil rights, so
that they can be regarded as full persons under the law.
-- Richard Farson
education initiative does not seek to impose, but
to initiate and integrate. It does, however, aim to
address the huge bias towards education for boys at
the expense of girls in so many cultures.
Unicef wants to encourage a sense of stability for
have a voice. It‘s one of my gifts. I intend to use
it on behalf of the children that UNICEF seeks to aid."
organizing for political rights will probably be treated
initially with ridicule and derision, and then with misunderstanding
and perhaps eventually violence if the experience of the
struggle for women's suffrage is any precedent. Undoubtedly
the greatest obstacle to be overcome is the adult refusal
to acknowledge that children suffer political discrimination
and exclusion. Adults do not perceive children as a minority
group but as helpless, inexperienced, defenseless young
people who need protection. Adult paternalism seeks to protect
and if in this process it curtails freedom, truncates potential
and destroys civil liberties this is taken to be incidental.
The belief in the legitimacy of paternalism justifies and
cements the existing power relationships between adults
and young people. This attitude must be confronted, challenged
and refuted if young people are to secure their political
-- Bob Franklin "The Rights of Children"
If we are ever to have real peace in this world we
shall have to begin with the children.
If we are ever to have real peace in this world we shall
have to begin with the children.
It is still just unbelievable to us that diarrhea is
one of the leading causes of child deaths in the world.
“It is the most painful thing to see how young children
become collateral damage of wars, but when peace treaties
are signed landmines do not respect any of these accords.
And as long as these silent killers linger after wars,
children will never know peace”
we talk about literacy, we have to talk about how
to enhance our children's mastery over the tools needed
to live intelligent, creative, and involved lives."
are a quality of life ... when our children are happy,
then we are better as human beings."
one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness
and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort
of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."
society is only as healthy as our most vulnerable
citizens. It is unconscionable that the weakest links
in our country are our hungry children. No other Western
industrialized nation has widespread hunger within
its borders. We really must put an end to hunger in
the United States if we are to keep our prosperity
and protect the future.
the midst of migrants in search of a better life there
are people in need of protection: refugees and asylum-seekers,
women and children victims of trafficking...Many move
simply to avoid dying of hunger. When leaving is not
an option but a necessity, this is more than poverty."
the last analysis, human security means a child who
did not die, a disease that did not spread, an ethnic
tension that did not explode, a dissident who was not
silenced, a human spirit that was not crushed.”
greatest Glory of a free-born People, Is to transmit that
Freedom to their Children.
-- William Havard
got to work to save our children and do it with full
respect for the fact that if we do not, no one else
is going to do it.
we forgotten about the children, and thus forsaken
the next generation?"
speak for those children who cannot speak for themselves,
children who have absolutely nothing but their courage
and their smiles, their wits and their dreams.”
that is what ultimately unites us as a world: the fact that,
no matter how prosperous a nation, how developed, all share
the plight and embarrassment of having so many suffering
children. We are united by our neglect, our abuse, our absence
of love. Have we forgotten about the children, and thus
forsaken the next generation?"
said to me the other day, 'You know, it's really senseless,
what you're doing. There's always been suffering, there
will always be suffering, and you're just prolonging the
suffering of these children [by rescuing them].' My answer
is, 'Okay, then, let's start with your grandchild. Don't
buy antibiotics if it gets pneumonia. Don't take it to the
hospital of it has an accident. It's against life-against
humanity-to think that way."
makes me self-conscious. It's because I'm known, in the
limelight, that it's getting all the gravy, but if you knew,
if you saw some of the people who make it possible for UNICEF
to help these children survive. These are the people who
do the jobs-the unknowns, whose names you will never know…I
at least get a dollar a year, but they don't."
"Giving kids clothes and food is one thing but it's
much more important to teach them that other people
besides themselves are important, and that the best
thing they can do with their lives is to use it in
the service of other people."
was once said that the moral test of government is
how that government treats those who are in the dawn
of life, the children; those who are in the twilight
of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows
of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
was very fortunate to have learned the transforming
power of music early in life. As an adult I want
to share that power by inspiring people to care
about their neighbors near and far. Being a UNICEF
Ambassador allows me this kind of opportunity."
visited Oxfam-funded school programs in rural communities
has made me realise how vital education is to developing
countries in bringing people out of poverty and giving
them a sense of dignity, self-worth and confidence."
"I'm not a statistician, but it doesn't take a genious
to work out that 100 million children being denied
an education is ridiculous. There is nothing lost
in translation here, it's obvious that's wrong.
“Over 20 million children of conflict are out of school.
Education is often forgotten.”
rescue our children we will have to let them save
us from the power we embody: we will have to trust
the very difference that they forever personify. And
we will have to allow them the choice, without fear
of death: that they may come and do likewise or that
they may come and that we will follow them, that a
little child will lead us back to the child we will
always be, vulnerable and wanting and hurting for
love and for beauty.
condemned them, our children, for seeking a different
future. We hated them for their flowers, for their
love, and for their unmistakeable rejection of every
hideous, mistaken compromise that we had made throughout
our hollow, money- bitten, frightened, adult lives
"I believe deeply that children are more powerful than
oil, more beautiful than rivers, more precious than
any other natural resource a country can have. I feel
that the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my
life is to be associated with UNICEF."
The message of our campaign is "Make every mother
and child count". This campaign is not just about
health. It is also a powerful call for radical progress
in women's rights and the rights of their children.
Too often, the health of mothers and children does
not count. In too many parts of the world, they are
The greatest truth must be recognition that in every
man, in every child is the potential for greatness.
We are living in a science-fiction nightmare where
children are gasping for breath on bad-air days because
somebody gave money to a politician. And my children
and the kids of millions of other Americans can no
longer go fishing and eat their catch because somebody
gave money to a politician.
felt my country should do more for its children. Its
children are not born gangsters. In fact, they have
in them the potential to be heroes because most of
the kids who are in these gangs are leaders, very
charismatic and good organizers."
I think it's important for me as an actor that I say
these are the issues I'm going to be committed to.
One of them for me is women and children's health
around the world and their rights;the other is ovarian
won't give up until the exploitation of all children
has ended and all children have their rights."
we are to achieve true peace in this world, it shall
have to begin with the children."
is a culture that we create by putting it in the curriculum
for young people, through creating this next generation
where young people get a chance to go across borders, across
cultures, to learn more about each other's life, to create
a global community, learn about opportunities for helping
others. It's investing in peace and tolerance training,
ending the gap between rich and poor."
young people a chance, our generation may just surprise
after all, are not just adults-in-the-making. They are people
whose current needs and rights and experiences must be taken
-- Alfie Kohn
concede that we have decided to let our children grow
up in two separate nations, and lead two separate
kinds of lives. If, on the other hand, we have the
courage to rise to this challenge to name what's happening
within our inner-city schools, then we also need the
courage to be activist and go out and fight like hell
to change it.”
write books to change the world. Perhaps I can only
change one little piece of that world. But if I can
empower teachers and good citizens to give these children,
who are the poorest of the poor, the same opportunity
we give our own kids, then I'll feel my life has been
Hope is not enough to change the world, to bring peace,
to end starvation and poverty, to provide a decent education
for all children, or to prevent nuclear holocaust. Yet
it is a critical starting point for building a better
and brighter future. All of us are challenged to connect
hope to action until we have created a might river that
will carve a new path to the future.
not locked in to these conditions that degrade the
environment, and jeopardize the future of our children."
can be no better measure of our governance than the
way we treat our children, and no greater failing
on our part than to allow them to be subjected to
violence, abuse or exploitation.
the growing child must not be treated by those rigid
rules of criminal procedure which confessedly fail to
prevent offenses on the part of adults or cure adult
have an opportunity to focus global attention on what
should be obvious: every mother, and every child, counts.
They count because we value every human life. The evidence
is clear that healthy mothers and children are the bedrock
of healthy and prosperous communities and nations.
LEE Jong-wook, WHO Secretary-General
"There is no greater cause than making the world fit
for children. I feel very strongly about carrying
on the family tradition by working with UNICEF to
help improve the lives and well-being of children
"If I have brightened up one single sad childhood,
then I have at least accomplished something in my
"I love children. I work with UNICEF and one of
the reasons I love that is because they deal specifically
with children. For me I think it’s just really important
to always embrace that side of you.
"I've witnessed the total devastation of HIV and
AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa... I've met too many
brave and beautiful children who are struggling
to care for their sick parents or their orphaned
brothers and sisters. Many children infected with
HIV will not live to see their fifth birthday...
Children suffer not only from this virus but also
the stigma, poverty and destruction that accompany
it. As a UNICEF ambassador I hope to draw more attention
and funding to this crisis. The tsunami in Asia
revealed the deep compassion and generosity of people
worldwide. By working together and applying that
same focus and support, we can protect a new generation
of children from suffering."
of what the law or your teachers have to say about this,
you are as human as anyone over the age of 18 or 21, yet,
'minors' are one of the most oppressed groups of people
in the world, and certainly the most discriminated against
-- Grace Llewellyn "The Teenage Liberation Handbook"
is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected
questions of a child than the discourses of men.
"We physicians have focused on the nuclear threat
as the singular issue of our era. We are not indifferent
to other human rights and hard-won civil liberties.
But first we must be able to bequeath to our children
the most fundamental of all rights, which preconditions
all others; the right to survival.
The impact of armed conflict on children is everyone's
responsibility. And it must be everyone's concern.
In a disparate world, children are a unifying force
capable of bringing us all together in support of
a common ethic.
my challenge to each of you ... is that you ask yourself
what you can do to make a difference. And then take
that action, no matter how large or how small. For
our children have a right to peace.
is clear that increasingly, children are targets,
not incidental casualties, of armed conflict.
and security don't just happen, they are the result
of collective consensus and public investment. We
owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in
our society, a life free of violence and fear."
most revolutionary thing anybody can do is to raise
good, honest and generous children who will question
the answers of people who say the answer is violence.
That's what the schools should be doing."
we teach children peace, someone else will teach
for all the animals they need our help
Care for all the children stop thinking of ourselves.
And if we work together to try for harmony
Someday we will live in peace
I want to live long enough to see every school child
in the world getting a good, nutritious lunch every
'As fathers, we know what a force for life children
can be. They represent all of our futures. UNICEF
is successfully giving children and young people all
over the world opportunities and hope. Just like the
ones we met on the Long Way Down - protecting them
from exploitation and giving them chances in life.'
am so honoured to have been given this opportunity
to become an Ambassador. It’s a new and different
venture for me and one that I know will widen my wider
perspective on life. I’m in a position to use the
recognition from my work to do something really positive
is doing amazing things here. They’re helping these groups
of kids to be mine aware, and using drama and workshops
to teach children in all of the schools in the area to be
aware of mines and what to do if they find one, and if somebody’s
hurt, not to rush in – all of the essential things that
kids need to know.”
determined to make working with UNICEF not just something
that I did on the trip but something I’d do for the rest
of my life
"The solution of adult problems tomorrow depends in
large measure upon the way our children grow up today.
There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing
that, when we save children, we save ourselves."
are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed
a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless
and irreplaceable resources without regard for the
future of our children and people all around the world.
society that feeds its children on tales of successful
violence can expect them not to believe that violence
in the end is rewarded."
than standing or speaking for children, we need to stand
with children speaking for themselves. We don't need a political
movement for children... [we need to] build environments
and policies for our collective future."
-- Sandra Meucci
world, one people, living together as a global family!
Young people will cross religious, ethnic and cultural
divides to recognize the universal human as family.
WE ARE ONE and the elders of tomorrow will carry this
"What can we do to make the world's children a priority..."
am moved by the spirit of Angolans and the work UNICEF
is doing, but I am saddened by the hardships I have
seen, and the fact that a little flexing of financial
muscle from rich countries could do so much.”
test of the correctness of educational procedure is
the happiness of the child.”
"Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that
will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows,
the children will be educating the parents. Lets face
it; the children who do that are the hope of tomorrow."
"The saddest sight these days is the image of hundreds
of thousands of children kidnapped and lured into
being child soldiers from the age of eight. "
with UNICEF made me grow up and recognize how fortunate
"A child, like all other human beings, has inalienable
"I always try to see things with children's eyes.
Are they happy? Sad? What do they need? Everywhere
I went, I realized that children are society's victims
… We have a duty to speak to political leaders, to
influence people to give these children a better future."
have been so lucky to receive so much love from those
who enjoy my music, that I feel I have to give as
much of it as I can back to children."
people, 18,000 of them children, die every day because
of hunger. Each year we bring food to nearly 90 million
people in more than 80 countries. Food – there’s no
greater gift, and no better way to give it than the
World Food Programme.
am selfish. I reach for the world I want to live in.
And I believe in leaving our best we can do to our
believe that UNICEF is the most important branch of
the U.N.; they do exceptional work to help the neediest
children around the world"
"The cause of making the world a better place for
children unites us all..."
the statistics…we have to do more. You cannot look
these children in the eye and see how desperate is
their situation without wanting to help.”
are the seed for peace or violence in the future, depending
on how they are cared for and stimulated. Thus, their
family and community environment must be sown to grow
a fairer and more fraternal world, a world to serve
life and hope.
We must come to terms with our responsibility to be
the gatekeepers to end childhood hunger. Our love
for life can propel us to share and provide a secure
future for the children of our country.
James Olmos, actor
to become instruments of war, to kill and be killed,
child soldiers are forced to give violent expression
to the hatreds of adults
mandate...is to promote the protection, rights and
welfare of children...
"the time has come to make the protection of
children -- all our children -- a common cause that
can unite us across the boundaries of our political
orientation, religious affiliation and cultural
traditions. We must reclaim our lost taboos, and
make the abuse and brutalization of children simply
it not the interest of the human race, that every
one should be so taught and placed, that he would
find his highest enjoyment to arise from the continued
practice of doing all in his power to promote the
well-being, and happiness, of every man, woman, and
child, without regard to their class, sect, party,
country or colour"
"My involvement with UNICEF is particularly important
to me because it is UNICEF that introduced me to volunteerism,
thereby helping me to set my own personal standard of
contributing my time and giving back to others. Working
on behalf of UNICEF‘s lifesaving efforts is one of my
most valued roles."
"There can be no global security without respect for
children. We have to be more than just observers of
children's suffering, we have to be partners with
them in their struggles."
never ceased to be amazed at the survival skills of
poor children. I've learned how much children can
actually do for themselves if only we provide the
necessary means. That part is up to us."
must pay attention to the millions of children of this generation
who are caught up in armed conflicts. How can we protect
them from the worst consequences of war? And when hostilities
cease, how can we take the war out of them? By eliminating
landmines, controlling the sale of small arms, raising the
age of recruitment … are all essential measures. By reuniting
children with their families and providing programs of physical
and psychological rehabilitation."
I do not believe in a simplistic and inflammatory
view of good and evil. I believe this is a big world
full of men, women, and children who struggle to eat,
to love, to work, to protect their families, their
beliefs, and their dreams.
“Kids don’t have a little brother working in the coal
mine, they don’t have a little sister coughing her
lungs out in the looms of the big mill towns of the
Northeast. Why? Because we organized; we broke the
back of the sweatshops in this country; we have child
labor laws. Those were not benevolent gifts from enlightened
management. They were fought for, they were bled for,
they were died for by working people, by people like
us. Kids ought to know that. That’s why I sing these
songs. That’s why I tell these stories, dammit. No
root, no fruit!”
"As a nation, this is the moment to start seriously
investing our time, energy and resources into proven
methods of reducing violence, both within our nation
as well as internationally. The cost of violence to
our culture and our children is simply not sustainable."
a nation, this is the moment to start seriously investing
our time, energy and resources into proven methods
of reducing violence, both within our nation as well
as internationally. The cost of violence to our culture
and our children is simply not sustainable. I have
learned that in the United States, youth homicide
rates are more than 10 times that of other leading
industrialized nations, this is just one example of
the challenges we face. Is this really a legacy we
want to leave our children? There is a better way.
children are artists. The problem is how to remain
an artist once he grows up.
us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child
dies every three seconds simply because he does not
have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to
say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines
your right to life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud,
let us be bold."
Small loans can transform lives, especially the lives
of women and children. The poor can become empowered
instead of disenfranchised. Homes can be built, jobs
can be created, businesses can be launched, and individuals
can feel a sense of worth again.
Together we can prevent genocide from happening again.
Together we can make a better future for our children.
If a person would intervene on behalf of one child,
shouldn't we all be intervening for those thousands
of children? So we're asking young people to get involved.
We want young people especially to know what's going
on and to figure out what they can do about it."
unthinkable that, in a country of such bursting plenty,
so many people are facing ongoing hunger and poverty.
If we are truly each other's keepers, let's support
school lunches, food stamps, neighborhood garden projects,
and so many other wonderful programs working to put
an end to this cruel and needless blight once and for
mines, torture equipment, cluster bombs, chemical
weapons are weapons designed to inflict pain and death
on human beings. Most victims are civilians, women
and children. How can arms manufacturers, weapons
designers, plant managers, politicians, who have families
of their own whom they love, be so insensitive when
it comes to the suffering of other human beings?
long as people and the planet are being exploited,
and billions of dollars are being made precisely because
laborers and the environment are being abused and
used up, there will be children going hungry and ecological
we doing enough to help our children create a more
is truly more important, how our children do on standardized
tests or what kind of human beings they are and will
become? I believe it is our obligation, as mothers,
to get peace into our classrooms so our children can
study, learn and practice peace. Then, and only then,
can we rest assured they will fulfill their divine destinies
as peacemakers and the world will become a more peaceful
children are viscerally aware of the heightened violence
on this planet. It has permeated every aspect of their lives.
They are hungry to make a difference, desperate to affect
their reality in a positive way, but they are unsure of
how to do it.
is the solution? To make peace a class, in every school,
at every grade level, in classrooms all over the world so
our children can learn the 'art' of getting along, which
isn't easy, reflected by the current state of the world
respect and patience are acquired skills, they are learned
attributes, practiced choices, and until our children begin
to study, learn and practice peace, I believe this is as
good as it gets.
hope to leave my children a sense of empathy and pity
and a will to right social wrongs"
after all, do universal human rights begin? In small
places, close to home - so close and so small that
they cannot be seen on any maps of the world ...
Such are the places where every man, woman and child
seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity
without discrimination. Unless these rights have
meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.
there is any one duty which more than another we owe
it to our children and our children's children to
perform at once, it is to save the forests of this
country, for they constitute the first and most important
element in the conservation of the natural resources
of this country.
function of our Government is to insure to all its
citizens, now and hereafter, their rights to life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If we of this
generation destroy the resources from which our children
would otherwise derive their livelihood, we reduce
the capacity of our land to support a population,
and so either degrade the standard of living or deprive
the coming generations of their fight to life on this
people like you and me have the chance to make a tremendous
difference for mothers and their children worldwide
time has come to end this charade. The debts are unaffordable.
If they won't cancel the debts I would suggest obstruction;
you do it yourselves. Africa should say: 'thank you
very much but we need this money to meet the needs
of children who are dying right now so we will put
the debt servicing payments into urgent social investment
in health, education, drinking water, control of AIDS
and other needs.'
"I want my child to walk in a world guided by
love. This means that everybody will have a job, or
the resources to take care of basic needs. A world
where families are not oppressed and are connected
to their neighbors and their communities, where the
best in humanity is honored. That's when we will truly
be at peace."
you can just see all the children of the world as
your own, all the mothers of the world as you are,
we can make a huge difference.
When my children wake up in the morning they know
they will eat breakfast, get hugs from their parents,
go to a good, safe school. Plates are full and store
windows are glittering. But at the same time the great
majority of the world's children and women stand -
no - shiver on the precipice
is to speak on behalf of those whose voices are less readily
heard - children and women at risk
most parents in the US, they are trying, with a little help
from UNICEF, to do the best they can to help their children
reach their full potential...
is the key to stopping the spread of AIDS. Yet millions
of children are missing an education. Missing their teachers
who have died of the disease. Missing from class as they
stay home to care for their dying mothers and fathers. Children
are missing your support. United for Children. Unite against
children have first amendment rights is a vexed legal question,
but what is not in question is that they someday will. Constraining
them from expressing their views is no preparation for exercising
-- Crispin Sartwell
"As a new mother, I want to give my children the
best start in life but millions of children affected
with AIDS don’t live with such certainty. We can all
do something to give them a future worth living for.
We can make a difference in a child’s life by joining
with UNICEF to ensure that mothers and children are
given the treatment that they deserve, in order to live
a life free from HIV and AIDS.”
is always talking about our defense effort in terms
of protecting women and children, but no one ever
asks the women and children what they think.
is an ancient Indian saying: "We do not inherit the
earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
If we use this ethic as a moral compass, then our
rendezvous with reality can also become a rendezvous
feel that our planet is in peril and that creating
a sustainable planet for my children and my children’s
children is the most important thing I can do in this
since I had my first child I have been passionate
in my commitment to preserve our precious resources
for my children and their children’s children. This
is the obligation of all of us visiting this planet
for a limited time.
are the ancestors of our grandchildren's children.
We look after them, just as our ancestors look after
us. We aren't here for ourselves. We are here for
each other and for the children of our grandchildren."
schools play an important role when it comes down
to protecting children against violence.Violence is
one of the principal reasons why children don't go
to school. It's also one of the causes of the alarming
school dropout rates." -- Shakira
"We know that many boys and girls leave school because
of poverty, because they have to work. However, there
are an important number of children who abandon their
studies because of the abuses they're subject to by
teachers and their own parents." -- Shakira
hunger in America is as much a paradox as it is a tragedy.
Why, in the wealthiest country in the world, should
hunger darken the lives and dreams of 12 million children
and their families? I believe that, when Americans learn
the facts and understand how their involvement can make
a difference, banishing childhood hunger will be a national,
local and personal priority.
goal in life is to leave behind a safe and healthy
world for our children. Before I leave this world,
I want to be satisfied that at least I tried. I know
I can make a difference, even if it might only be
a small one." -- Maisie
the past, children were all too often viewed more
as property than people. Many victories for children's
rights have been won in the last 100 years, such as
child labor laws, protecting children from having
to work long hours in unsafe conditions; public education,
allowing all children to have access to learning;
and laws preventing child abuse. But there is still
much to do in protecting children's rights around
live in a country where we put children in shackles
and in concrete cells. Working together, with righteousness
and hope, we can create a country that is about
reverence and reconciliation, not a world of shackles
and concrete cells.
...180 million kids are engaged in the worst forms
of child labour. Put it all together and it is not
only morally unacceptable, but politically dangerous.
Can we make a better world for our children? I believe
we can, if enough people are concerned and get involved
in changing what is wrong with society.
the children in reverence, educate them in love, and
send them forth in freedom.”
used to be believed that the parent had unlimited claims
on the child and rights over him. In a truer view of the
matter, we are coming to see that the rights are on the
side of the child and the duties on the side of the parent."
-- William G. Sumner, 1840-1910
is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that
you may live as you wish.
society is judged by the way it cares for its most
vulnerable citizens. As an American, I am ashamed
that we have turned out backs on millions of our children.
I want to do my part to rectify this terrible situation.
child deserves a chance at a life filled with love,
laughter, friends and family. We are working to find
the cures that will give these youngsters a fighting
chance. When a child or parent faces an uncertain
disease like cancer, they can find hope at St. Jude
-- a place where miracles can and do happen.
child deserves a chance
at a life filled with love,
laughter, friends and family.
want a different world. One where I don’t wake up
thinking I’m so lucky to be able to feed my daughter,
and able to give people a clean drink of water. I
don’t want images of starving babies at the breast
in my mind. I want that to change. And if I want that,
I had better do something about it.
not funny at all that we do all that advertising for
children. Why is advertising for children allowed?
What possible reason can there be for having those
effing adverts on TV for all this crap that’s made
by poor people in poor countries that we sell our
children who have too much?
The situation of the world around us can be painted
in a picture of the darkest possible colours. On one
hand, the arms race absorbs for deadly purposes 40
million dollars every 24 hours. On the other hand,
immeasurable poverty affects the lives of three-quarters
of the men, women and children in the world around
us. The efforts for disarmament must therefore be
an inextricable part of the efforts to solve the common
problems of our time, problems which ultimately involve
our very survival, the possibility to continue the
I want to remind people that in the Indigenous Traditions,
women are very important. Not because we are told
we are important but because we know that since forever
and always, we have had the power and the capacity
to give birth, raise women and men and to take care
of the earth. It is today that I thusly give celebration
to all the women on Earth. I would like to ask my
sisters to give up the thoughts and actions of the
word victim. We are no longer Victims & We are strong!
I would like to address an acknowledgement to each
woman here today. We have the power and that power
is rising. Use it to preserve, teach, share, and raise
our voices, to save our children, our planet, our
people, and our earth mother. Don't share the things
that have hurt us but share what can save us. Turn
our scars into Stars! Come together and reclaim what
is inherently ours, the power to bring forth nurturing
Peace! May Peace Prevail!"
Children, if you are tired, keep going; if you are
hungry, keep going; if you want to taste freedom,
is no greater legacy that we can leave our children
and grandchildren than a peaceful and safer world."
"Children are a wonderful gift . . . They have an
extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things
and to expose sham and humbug for what they are."
a fraction of what is extended so obscenely on defense
budgets would make a real difference in enabling God's
children to fill their stomachs, be educated, and
be given the chance to lead fulfilled and happy lives.
a fraction of what is extended so obscenely on defense
budgets would make a real difference in enabling God's
children to fill their stomachs, be educated, and
be given the chance to lead fulfilled and happy lives.
was really blown away and inspired by everything that
she [Audrey Hepburn] had done for children via and through
UNICEF and I guess it really, really floored me in a
way that I hadn't ever felt toward a public figure before.
To see her kindness was inspiring and spoke to me as
a person. She was so real and so elegant..I am also
inspired by what Angelina Jolie is doing by traveling
to places like Cambodia to help children by actually
being there and being more involved."
you know that every two hours the nations of this
world spend as much on armaments as they spend on
the children of this world every year?
small child from a developing country has the advantage,
from a very early age, of having access to toys which
structure his mind, which constitute a sure advantage
over the little African child who has never even held
a modern toy.
kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community
responsibly is the center of an education."
believe that every child in this world needs to have
a relationship with the land...to know how to nourish
themselves...and to know how to connect with the community
the food in the schools and we can influence how children
think. Change the curriculum and teach them how to
garden and how to cook and we can show that growing
food and cooking and eating together give lasting
richness, meaning, and beauty to our lives.
new mother wonders, 'what will I pass on to my child'?
Hunger is one inheritance no mother wants to give her
child, yet millions of poor women have for generations.
Help the World Food Programme break this cycle. No child
should inherit hunger."
kind of national goal we ought to be thinking about
is way beyond national product - it is how do we as
a nation help our children be the best kinds of people
they could possibly be?
fervently believe that, as someone has said before,
"When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change." I want to help
change the way young people look at school, and
hence, the way they look at their futures."
want to help change the way young people look at
school, and hence, the way they look at their futures."
us show children around the world that we can make a
hope people will not think we are encouraging people
to break the law. But our actions should teach people,
and children, to scrutinize laws against human life,
and they should be broken to prove a point.”
is much to be done, there is much that can be done…
one person of integrity can make a difference, a difference
of life and death. As long as one dissident is in prison,
our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is
hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame.
What all these victims need above all is to know that
they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them,
that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them
ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the
quality of our freedom depends on theirs.
cause was justice, not vengeance. My work is for a
better tomorrow and a more secure future for our children
child should have the fundamental right, a constitutional
right, whether it's a tribal constitutional right, federal
or state constitutional right. It's time we made our constitutions
have our children's rights in them so they can engage in
those experiences that he or she is most anxious to explore,
because it is having the right to choose that is truly indigenous
to the democratic concept."
-- David Wilkins, Lumbee Tribe
We want for our children, as we want for ourselves,
lives at home, at work and at play to be lives of
joy and peace.
do not have the answers. Indeed quite the reversal.
A lot of times they not only do not have the answers,
they themselves are the problem. If we are committed
to helping our world’s children, then we must begin
to create solutions from the bottom up.
In a world that we know can feed itself, upwards of
40,000 children die very day from conditions of malnutrition.
Surely we must question why we are allowing this carnage
playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing
enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't
feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine,
as children do.
new educational system in which all children born
shall have the same advantage of physical, industrial,
mental and moral culture, and thus be equally prepared
at maturity to enter upon active, responsible and
useful lives. . . . In so doing, it strikes a fatal
blow at . . . the most demoralizing of all monopolies.
. . educational superiority."
thousands, aye, millions of human beings, men, women
and children, wander the streets of our cities and
the highways of our country, hungry, ragged and cold,
vainly seeking in this land of plenty, where physical
want should be unknown."
is the way to move mountains, to build bridges, to
change the world. Education is the path to the future.
I believe that education is indeed freedom.
bequeath to you, the next generation, our knowledge
but also our problems. While we still live, let us
join hands, hearts and minds to work together for
their solution so that your world will be better than
ours and the world of your children even better.
we are to have faith that mankind will survive and
thrive on the face of the earth, we must believe that
each succeeding generation will be wiser than its
progenitors. We transmit to you, the next generation,
the total sum of our knowledge. Yours is the responsibility
to use it, add to it, and transmit it to your children.
need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever
reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media,
because war in our time is always indiscriminate,
a war against innocents, a war against children.