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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD), which was established to commemorate the struggle women and girls across the globe continue to endure in obtaining their basic human rights.  In 2011, the United States made the presidential proclamation that the entire month of March will be Women’s History Month.  2012’s theme is Connecting Girls, Inspiring […]

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Sucesses in the Fight Against FGM

Sucesses in the Fight Against FGM

Across parts of Africa the following scene is played out on a daily basis. A young girl of only 4 to 12 years old is held down by while she struggles to break free and screams from the excruciating pain that is being inflicted upon her.  The image of a young girl being held down screaming in […]

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Childhood Before Marriage

Childhood Before Marriage

For millions of little girls across the world, childhood is brief.  It is estimated that 10 million girls a year worldwide, the majority in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, are married under the age of 18, some as young as seven or eight.  According to UNICEF, more than 40% of the world’s child marriages occur in India. […]

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UNICEF State of the World’s Children Released

UNICEF State of the World’s Children Released

UNICEF has recently published their flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children, which each year examines a key issue affecting children.  Last year’s report,  The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity, focused on adolescence; this year’s report highlights the shift of the world population to urban areas and […]

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Behind the lines in India’s polio fight In New Delhi, at several of the 7,000 vaccination booths that span the Indian capital, children get two drops of an oral polio vaccine, after which one of their pinkie fingers is painted with indelible purple ink — a procedure that is being repeated across the vast country, […]

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500 Million Children at Risk of Malnutrition

500 Million Children at Risk of Malnutrition

As food prices continue to skyrocket, necessities such as milk, vegetables and meat never find their way into many families’ homes, placing 500 million children at risk of malnutrition.  Thus children’s physical and mental growth will be stunted over the next 15 years, according to a survey by the international charity Save the Children.  Eighty percent of […]

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UN Pushes for Birth Registration

UN Pushes for Birth Registration

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced its partnership with the global children’s rights organization Plan International for a worldwide push to ensure that children, especially those at risk of statelessness, are registered at birth. There are some 12 million stateless people across the world, half of which are children, according to the […]

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The Price of Gold

The Price of Gold

I spent the other day watching a couple illuminating shows on the price of gold. The first was on Fort Knox and America’s precious national treasure and the second was a historical documentary on gold mining from pre-gold rush until today. It is well known that gold can come at an incredibly high human and environmental cost, […]

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Reforming Afghanistan’s orphanages Afghanistan’s new national director for orphanages, Sayyid Abdullah Hashemi, has been conducting inspections of the country’s provincial children’s homes in an effort to root out corruption by local officials, who often siphon off not only the $1.50 that is allocated daily per child, but food and clothing. Hashemi is finding that, outside […]

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Awareness Day Passes With Little Notice

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Awareness Day Passes With Little Notice

I have a love-hate relationship with Awareness Days. First, I do think they are needed to help promote awareness and educate society on various heath causes and human rights issues.  Many such days make headlines thanks to political pushes and great community support, while others with little political power and international appeal pass with little notice.  Such […]

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Somalian Children Suffer as Politics Hinder Food Aid

Somalian Children Suffer as Politics Hinder Food Aid

Children in Somalia continue to suffer needlessly from hunger as politics hinder the much needed distribution of food aid. In Somalia, it is women and children who bear the brunt of the famine. Children are susceptible to malnutrition that decreases their ability to fight off disease, while women are unable to access the services they need […]

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Million Mom’s Challenge Winner

Million Mom’s Challenge Winner

In December’s post, Expectant American Mothers Help Raise Funds for Mothers in Developing Nations,  the Imagine Me & You contest finalists had been announced.  The Million Moms Challenge has now chosen a winner from its photo contest, in which hundreds of expectant mothers from across the United States submitted images with original messages, written on their “baby bumps,” stating […]

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Nigeria polio campaign gains momentum Dozens of governors across Nigeria have signed up to support the Nigeria Immunization Challenge started by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to combat polio. The immunization initiative is part of the foundation’s efforts to support Nigeria’s fight against top priority public health concerns, such as HIV/AIDS prevention and providing […]

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Make Sure Your Valentine’s Day is Filled With Love, Not Child Exploitation

Make Sure Your Valentine’s Day is Filled With Love, Not Child Exploitation

It’s February and love is in the air… Valentine’s day is just around the corner and many millions are looking for that perfect gift to show how they feel for their special someone.  It is clear that much of the day’s meaning is lost to heavy commercialization.  This year, American’s alone are expected to spend a total of $15.7 […]

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Battling Child Labor in Cocoa and Cotton Fields

Battling Child Labor in Cocoa and Cotton Fields

As I mentioned in my recent post, Decreasing Child Labor in 2012, child labor continues to hold some 215 million children in its firm grasp. While the fight to this practice has received increased attention, it is a long and hard battle. One of the largest and most public arenas where the fight against child […]

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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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