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Universal Children’s Day

Universal Children’s Day

“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.” – Kofi Annan Universal Children’s Day […]

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Malaria: The beginning of the end? Global eradication of malaria is a step closer after the announcement last week of the discovery by scientists of the disease’s apparent vulnerability, a critical component of human red blood cells that can be targeted to stop the malaria parasite from completing its life cycle within the body. Trials […]

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Should Northern Ireland Remember the Children of the 1916 Easter Rising?

Should Northern Ireland Remember the Children of the 1916 Easter Rising?

 The Easter Rising was an rebellion staged in Ireland, by Irish republicans seeking the end of British rule in Ireland and establishing the Irish Republic. Over a six day period during Easter week, Easter Monday 24 April to 30 April 1916, more than 250 civilians were killed, 28 of who were children aged between two and 16.  A lecturer […]

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The Birth Control Solution Family planning services could help communities around the world better manage development concerns, from health care to climate change, if religious and political barriers to increased programming were removed, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes. Basic standard education and protections for women’s rights, combined with research into better contraceptives, could […]

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The War Against Modern Slavery

The War Against Modern Slavery

The heinous crime that exploits, abuses, rapes and enslaves millions upon millions of children is hardly a new story.  As a society we have become more open and aware of the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking, but we envision the facts  as distant, far removed realities. Sadly modern slavery impacts some 27 million men, […]

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A Global Effort to Eradicate Polio

A Global Effort to Eradicate Polio

Monday, October 24th was World Polio Day, and while the day gained global attention by much of the press, it was just any other day for most of us. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), polio has declined from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to 1,349 reported cases in 2010. Today the only […]

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Malnutrition and Poverty Envelops the World’s Children

Malnutrition and Poverty Envelops the World’s Children

The fight against child malnutrition and poverty is an ongoing battle. It remains clear that efforts around the globe to tackle the food crisis and seek a sustainable end to child malnutrition and poverty need to see an increase in political will. This is necessary to ensure that both funding and sustainable practices are put […]

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Africa struggles with secondary education Governments in Africa are struggling to meet demands for secondary education, with girls facing more challenges to securing access than boys, according to a report from UNESCO. Many countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, are unable to successfully provide education services to more than one-third of children. Ukraine – President: Ensuring […]

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Political Will a Must to End Child Malnutrition

Political Will a Must to End Child Malnutrition

The Horn of Africa is suffering from the worst drought in 60 years, forcing people to flee their homes in search of food and water.  Women and children are suffering the most due to malnutrition, especially in Somali, where the famine hit the hardest. Many mothers say they would rather die trying to reach a UN […]

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7 Billion Reasons to Invest in Reproductive Health

7 Billion Reasons to Invest in Reproductive Health

Reproductive health is often given a lower priority when factoring aid and development costs, however the failure to secure the health of females and their unborn children can destabilize economies and harm already strained healthcare systems.  It is clear that a larger focus must be placed on reproductive and maternal health to increase stability and sustainability in developing nations. On October 31, […]

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The Child Slavery Behind Your Chocolate

The Child Slavery Behind Your Chocolate

October could almost be designated “candy month” in the United States, thanks to the consumer buying power and commercialization of Halloween.  As I wrote in my post, Trick-or-Treating Minus the Slavery, the chocolate industry in the United States alone is a$13 billion industry. It is led by Hershey’s, which holds42.5% of the U.S. chocolate market. Yet […]

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Trick-or-Treating Minus the Slavery

Trick-or-Treating Minus the Slavery

With Halloween quickly approaching, most of us are running around trying to find costumes and stock up on candy for the wee ones that will barrage our doors in their tiny costumes. Everyone wants make sure the little ghosts, princesses, supper heroes, and other characters are greeted with a sweet treat. But what if you’re […]

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Tomorrow is Make a Difference Day: What are you doing?

Tomorrow is Make a Difference Day: What are you doing?

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. -William James Tomorrow, Saturday October 22, 2011 is Make a Difference Day. What will you be doing to make a difference in the lives of others? Make A Difference Day is a national day dedicated to helping others. Each year on the fourth Saturday […]

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Is an End to Malaria Near?

Is an End to Malaria Near?

Every day across the globe children die from preventable diseases.  One of the biggest and most preventable killers is malaria.  Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.  According to the World Malaria Report 2010, there were 225 million cases of malaria and an […]

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Girls prepare message for G20 leaders Girls representing the G20 countries and the African Union have gathered for a G(irls) 20 Summit to highlight efforts to end child marriage and discuss other issues that affect young women around the world. Participants will prepare a communiqué on the issue to be delivered to policymakers at the […]

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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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