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Seeking an End to Global Child Abuse

Seeking an End to Global Child Abuse


 
Every day across the globe millions of children are abused and neglected.  These innocent children are the victims of forced labor, sex trafficking and exploitation, physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, malnutrition, neglect, and used as child soldiers.
The impacts of child abuse do not come to …

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Making Progress to Curb Violence Against Women and Girls

Making Progress to Curb Violence Against Women and Girls

Millions of women and young girls across the globe continue to be denied their rights to equal and fair access to education and healthcare and many are faced with gender-based violence such a

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Updates on Women, Children, and Human Rights from Around the Globe

Updates on Women, Children, and Human Rights from Around the Globe

Documentary exposes Pakistan gender biases
A documentary film screened at the Sundance Film Festival chronicles the fallout in Pakistan after a 13-year-old girl, gang-raped by four men, took her attackers to …

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A Decade Later and We Still Seek Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

A Decade Later and We Still Seek Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Yesterday, February 6, 2013, marked the tenth anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting (FGC). The day was established by the United Nations to generate awareness of FGM and to promote its eradication. The day …

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How Did Your State Rank in the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking?

How Did Your State Rank in the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking?


The fight against modern slavery is global and effects every race and age; however, those most at risk for exploitation are children, including those right here at home. Despite great efforts and awareness, all too many eyes remain closed to the …

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Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

 
Burundi obstetric clinic slows maternal deaths
The Burundi region of Kabezi has already met the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75% from 1990 rates thanks to an emergency obstetric care clinic run by Médecins sans …

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World AIDS Day: Infections in Newborns Decreases by Two-Thirds

World AIDS Day: Infections in Newborns Decreases by Two-Thirds

Communities around the globe united over the weekend to spread awareness for World AIDS Day, which was held on Saturday, December 1st.  In 1988, the U.N. General Assembly expressed deep concern over the pandemic proportions of the AIDS virus. Following the World …

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Domestic Violence: A Global Plague?

Domestic Violence: A Global Plague?

As we quickly roll into November and the holiday season, we remember October for a number of reasons; however, one important one is often forgotten.  October was Domestic Awareness Month in the United States, but the purple ribbons — representing courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence — were over shadowed by …

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Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

For girls, Somali refugee camps are unsafe
Violence against women and girls is rife in Somalia, especially in the refugee camps in and around the capital, Mogadishu, where many fear rape by armed bands. “The other night …

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International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child


Over half of the worlds population is female, yet they unjustly receive an unfair balance in life from conception. No society is spared from it’s second class treatment of the female population. No matter how long and hard the fight has been …

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Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

 
Half of Yemenis “go to bed hungry,” says U.N. agency
Rising costs for food and fuel have spurred a rise in malnutrition in Yemen, where five million people, or 22% of the population, simply do not …

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U.N. General Assembly Looks at the Rights of Women and Children

U.N. General Assembly Looks at the Rights of Women and Children

Last week hundreds of world leaders converged in New York City for the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly; on the agenda were hot topics such as Syria, Israel and Iran. However, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the rights of women and children have also been on the agenda.  Governments …

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Child deaths fall to a new low

Child deaths fall to a new low


According to the United Nations for the first time the number of annual child deaths have fallen below seven million.  “The new child mortality estimates show that concerted efforts to get proven lifesaving care to children work and that, in the 21stcentury, …

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Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

 
Ending illiteracy could also mean ending poverty, hopelessness
An estimated 775 million adults and 122 million children are unable to read or write, missing out on the positives of globalization while disproportionately bearing its negatives, write …

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Where are Africa’s children?

Where are Africa’s children?

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, half of all African children do not have a birth certificate, which negatively affects the children both mentally and physically in their sense of safety and well-being. “Could you imagine a child not having an identity, not having an existence written down and so you’re born, you live …

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About the Author

Cassandra Clifford
Cassandra Clifford

Cassandra Clifford is the Founder and Executive Director of Bridge to Freedom Foundation, which works to enhance and improve the services and opportunities available to survivors of modern slavery. She holds an M.A., International Relations from Dublin City University in Ireland, as well as a B.A., Marketing and A.S., Fashion Merchandise/Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Cassandra has previously worked in both the corporate and charity sector for various industries and causes, including; Child Trafficking, Learning Disabilities, Publishing, Marketing, Public Relations and Fashion. Currently Cassandra is conducting independent research on the use of rape as a weapon of war, as well as America’s Pimp Culture and its Impact on Modern Slavery. In addition to her many purists Cassandra is also working to develop a series of children’s books.

Cassandra currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where she also writes for the Examiner, as the DC Human Rights Examiner, and serves as an active leadership member of DC Stop Modern Slavery.


Areas of Focus:
Children's Rights; Human Rights; Conflict

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