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Girl Up tour kicks off at Atlanta girls’ school Hundreds of children gathered April 30 at the Atlanta Girls’ School to help launch the Unite for Girls Tour of the Girl Up campaign, the program of the United Nations Foundation that aims to empower American girls to help improve the lives of girls in the […]

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International Day of Families

International Day of Families

Today, May 15 is International Day of Families.  The day highlights the importance families play in our global world.  The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families.  The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to […]

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The Joy and Burden of Motherhood

The Joy and Burden of Motherhood

The joy of motherhood has long since been praised over and over again.  The greatest joy of motherhood is seen as the sheer gift of bringing a life into this world and helping to shape them from the moment of birth and then to watch them grow into a happy, productive and successful member of […]

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UN Campaign Seeks to Give all Children a Shot at Life

UN Campaign Seeks to Give all Children a Shot at Life

The word immunizations is just a simple vocabulary word to most of us in developed nations, however for those in developing countries the word means a ‘shot at life’ for their child.  One in five children does not have access to vaccines that prevent deadly diseases, like measles, pneumonia or diarrhea.  Nonetheless some 2.5 million […]

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GAVI’s Berkley resolved to vaccinate all kids against preventable diseases Seth Berkley recalls the work that preceded his appointment as head of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and his goal of vaccinating every child in need against every preventable disease. “It’s only a matter of political will, a little bit of money and […]

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Making Child Abuse Prevention Awareness a Daily Activity

Making Child Abuse Prevention Awareness a Daily Activity

As we concluded the month of April, we also brought to an end National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States.  However in light of the fact that each year there are more than 3 million child abuse reports (often containing the abuse of more than one child) made in the United States alone (Child […]

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Celebrating Earth Day Everyday: Green Activities for Children

Celebrating Earth Day Everyday: Green Activities for Children

Every year in the United States and more than 100 other countries join together in the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd.  Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970, in San Francisco, California.  Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. On Earth Day, one is reminded to appreciate nature and learn […]

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Development aid pulled from Guinea-Bissau Millions of dollars in assistance to Guinea-Bissau have been suspended by the World Bank and African Development Bank after military leaders staged a coup, scuttling presidential elections and detaining the leading candidate. Elections next would be held in two years, said the coup leaders, who chose the former vice president […]

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Thousands of Uzbek women secretly sterilized Evidence gathered by the BBC shows that, for at least the past two years, the government of Uzbekistan has been ordering physicians to secretly sterilize tens of thousands of women, often without their knowledge. “Every year we are presented with a plan. Every doctor is told how many women […]

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Children’s Rights and Business Principles

Children’s Rights and Business Principles

Children under the age of 18 years-old comprise almost a third of the global population, however they are often left unconsidered in the creation of business practices and corporate social responsibility.  Nonetheless rights of millions of children across the globe are violated on a daily basis, most of which have a direct correlation to business practices. The […]

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World Water Day

World Water Day

In developing nations we tend to take each sip of water for granted, as much of it comes in fancy packaged bottles and comes clean from our taps.  However each sip is life saving and for many children in the developing world, it is that drop of water that could be the drop that kills […]

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Moroccan girl, wed to rapist, kills herself A Moroccan law that allowed a rapist to avoid punishment by marrying the 16-year-old girl he raped is being decried the world over after the girl, Amina Filali, reportedly took her own life last weekend by swallowing rat poison. Filali was not old enough to legally marry. Historic […]

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Delivering Sustainable Solutions to Women and Girls

Delivering Sustainable Solutions to Women and Girls

Last week was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women and girls and increase awareness about their marginalization across the globe. Much work remains to be done, but there are hundreds of organizations and efforts working to address the issue of female rights across the world. Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization, recently announced […]

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Malaria is an early threat to fetus, study finds The growth of a fetus can be stunted even when expectant mothers infected with malaria early in their pregnancies no longer show any symptoms, according to a study by a unit of the Mahidol University-Oxford University Tropical Medicine Research Program in Bangkok. The findings bolster the […]

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The Right to Read: Increasing Global Literacy

The Right to Read: Increasing Global Literacy

According to UNICEF’s report, Literacy the Global Challenge, a profile of youth and adult literacy at the mid-point of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003 – 2012), found that more than 774 million (almost one in five adults) do not have the basic literacy and numeracy skills necessary to fully participate fully in society.  In many regions, especially where […]

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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.


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Children's Rights; Human Rights; Conflict

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