International Children’s Day

According to UNICEF, around 6 million children below five years old die each year in the world because of under nourishment and more than 100 million, according to the Global Campaign for Education, do not have a right to education because they cannot go to school. Many of them because they are working: the International Labour Organization estimates them at 220 million, of which 126 carry out dangerous work and 10 million are exploited. However, the information does not end here. Whilst 150 million girls and 73 million boys suffer sexual abuses, according to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that at least 275 million children are also witnesses of domestic violence and between 100 and 140 million women and girls have been forced to genital mutilation. On the other hand, more than 1 million children are imprisoned and exposed to all kinds of torture and aggressions in the prisons as recently denounced by the ONG Save the Children.

These numbers speak for themselves and should lead us to think about and implicate ourselves on the strategy needed to end this.  Because the fundamental rights of millions of children throughout the world are at stake and we cannot continue to perpetuate our indifference to this problem.

 

Entreculturas´ commitment with children: Soldier boys and girls

The recruitment of boys and girls to participate in armed conflicts is another tragedy for childhood. It is difficult to establish an exact number but the majority of them are in Congo Democratic Republic, Colombia or Liberia where the social and political situation is extremely fragile.

Entreculturas currently leads the Spanish Coalition to End the Use of Soldier Boys and Girls. The goal of this Coalition, also integrated by  Alboan, Amnesty International, El Compromiso Foundation, the Jesuit Refugee Service and Save the Children, is to end forced recruitment of under 18 year olds and to insure that countries in post conflict situations have good programmes for demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation for soldier boys and girls.

Well known artists have joined this initiative such as Nacho Duato or David Bisbal who has given the Coalition his authors rights for the song "Paper Soldiers".