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July 8, 2014

Progress made, work to do, on children in armed conflict

by Max Hill

No child soldiers red handsLast week the Secretary-General released the annual report on Children and Armed Conflict. This report summarized all of the progress that has been made in terms of reducing the amount of children involved in situations of armed conflict, as well as highlighted areas where work still needs to be done. UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, stated that there are 23 situations around the world in which children are being used in armed conflict in some way.

The annual report named some specific groups and areas where clear violations of children’s rights ...

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June 24, 2014

A call for the release of Meriam Ibrahim, her family, and others detained for their religious beliefs

In response to the word that Meriam Ibrahim and her family have been arrested, and in partnership with Presbyterian World Mission's area coordinator on Africa, we sent the following letter to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Sudan to the United Nations:

Your Excellency:

On behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I urge you to release Meriam Ibrahim, her family, and any other persons being held in detention based on their religious beliefs.  Presbyterians joined voices from around the world in advocating for Ms. Ibrahim’s release and were disheartened to learn she and her ...

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June 10, 2014

End the targeting of civilians in Sudan!

Based on a press release provided by Crisis Action

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined 45 other organizations providing humanitarian assistance or supporting peace efforts in Sudan, to write to the UN Security Council, the African Union Peace and Security Council and the League of Arab States demanding an end to the “targeting of civilians by the Government of Sudan and associated armed militia” and an independent investigation of recent attacks.

The letter notes that the recent bombing by the government  has reached an intensity that is “unprecedented” in the history of the conflict in South Kordofan which reached ...

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June 3, 2014

Red Card to Child Labour Campaign

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by Grace Segers

On June 12, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations will be supporting the International Labour Organization’s Red Card to Child Labour campaign. The ILO reports there are an estimated 168 million child workers in the world. These children suffer abuse as sweatshop workers, miners, child soldiers, sex workers, or in other horrific and inhumane positions. The Red Card to Child Labour initiative is an attempt to raise awareness of these children’s plight through social media.

The Red Card campaign will culminate on June 12 with a Thunderclap message. Thunderclap allows various organizations and people ...

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May 5, 2014

Going for the dream

The best, most lasting way for women to change the world is for each woman to go for her dreams. And I know this because I had 300 of the most powerful, influential women in the world imbed that sentiment into my soul in the course of a week.

The 58th Commission on the Status of Women ran from March 10 to March 21 in New York. I attended the first eight days, and by the time I left I knew that our world was changing in beautiful, miraculous ways.

The Commission was established in 1947, shortly after the ...

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