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  • Boy survives being swept out to sea by Solomon Islands flood

    09/04/14

    An eight-year-old boy has survived being carried out to sea by flood waters in the Solomon Islands. He shared his remarkable story with the UNICEF team.
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  • 11 ways to make your workmates run for the money

    04/04/14

    Charity runs are a fun way of getting your friends and family involved in your passion for children’s rights and the global work of UNICEF. Inspired by your training efforts, they’ll make donations that multiply your personal support in a big way. Better still, rallying your colleagues to run as a company team can create a charitable force to be reckoned with. Here's how.

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  • Early rainstorm foreshadows devastation of South Sudan's rainy season

    31/03/14

    A race is on to reach displaced communities in South Sudan with humanitarian support before it’s too late.
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  • Scoring goals for kids

    26/03/14

    UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador Vanessa Kutcher writes about the importance of sport and play to the healthy development of children around the world.
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  • Just a fence away: getting aid to Syria from Turkey

    25/03/14

    A humanitarian convoy carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children and families is moving from the border crossing of Nusaybin, Turkey bound for Al-Qamishli, Syria. Some supplies have already crossed the border, while others are en route.
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  • Clean hands for healthy kids in the Pacific

    21/03/14

    As we celebrate World Water Day 2014, UNICEF Pacific Representative Dr. Karen Allen describes how clean water and sanitation programs are giving the region's children a healthy start in life.
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  • Humbling generosity from Syria's neighbour

    17/03/14

    UNICEF Australia CEO, Norman Gillespie, recently visited Lebanon as part of an Australian parliamentary delegation to witness the impact of the Syria crisis on this neighbouring country. Here, Norman shares his personal observations and a plea for stronger action from the international community.
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  • How cartoons are healing emotional scars

    13/03/14

    At a UNICEF supported centre in east Amman, children are recovering from the emotional and psychological scars of the Syrian crisis.
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  • Why I'm a young feminist

    03/03/14

    UNICEF Young Ambassador alumni and holder of the 2013 Human Rights Medal Mariah Kennedy shares her experience of being a young woman and tells us all why she is a young feminist.
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  • A moment's peace in Syria

    25/02/14

    Three-year-old Hussein is safe and warm. As he sleeps quietly beside his mother, it’s a moment of peace in an otherwise turbulent time. Hussein has lived half of his life under siege in the Syrian city of Old Homs but a few weeks ago he fled with his parents and three of his siblings. Read more...
  • Aboard UNICEF as an intern

    17/02/14

    Miriam Lai shares about her intern position with UNICEF Australia. Read more...
  • What are you doing 2014?

    06/02/14

    Here's 3 New Year's resolutions, with love from UNICEF
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  • UNICEF Australia's IKEA Ambassadors visit the children of Cambodia

    03/02/14

    A handful of the best photos taken from UNICEF Australia's IKEA Ambassadors' 2013 field trip to Cambodia.
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  • Children seek emergency shelter in UNICEF spaces after winter storms rip through Za’atari camp

    22/01/14

    UNICEF worker Melanie Sharpe shares about her encounters with children experiencing the freezing winter in Syria. Read more...
  • Top tips to gaining a career in the development sector

    31/12/13

    Staff at UNICEF Australia share their top tips for gaining a career in the development area.

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  • Favourite videos of 2013

    23/12/13

    Bohdana Szydlik and Aimee Cornell, of UNICEF Australia’s digital and communication team, bring you their favourite content of 2013 in this three part blog series. In this post, we look at videos, the ones that made us laugh and the ones that made us cry.
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  • Our top three photo sets that caught our eye in 2013

    23/12/13

    Bohdana Szydlik and Aimee Cornell, of UNICEF Australia digital and communication team, bring you their favourite content of 2013 in this three part blog series. In this post, we look at our favourite photo sets of 2013.
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  • Our favourite campaigns of 2013

    20/12/13

    Bohdana Szydlik and Aimee Cornell from the UNICEF Australia digital and communication team bring you their favourite content of 2013 in this three part blog series. First up - our favourite campaigns of 2013.

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  • Five Steps to Achieving Global Peace

    17/12/13

    UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador Emma Crane offers up five steps as a recipe to achieving global peace.
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  • Use your words wisely when talking about disability

    02/12/13

    UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador Rhiona Armont has a problem with people who can’t be bothered thinking about how they use language to discriminate. On the International Day of Persons with a Disability, Rhiona calls for us all to think about the profound impact of our words.

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  • Five UNICEF Inspired Gifts – and how they’re used

    26/11/13

    By Bohdana Szydlik, UNICEF Australia Communications Officer

    It’s that time of year again when we turn our attention to the long holiday to-do lists and, if celebrating Christmas, gift-giving. Read more...
  • Field Blog from Tacloban: Kent Page

    22/11/13

    UNICEF field staffer, Kent Page reports from the relief efforts in the Philippines.
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  • Typhoon Haiyan diary: A week in the wake of devastation

    18/11/13

    UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Emergency Officer Maya Igarashi Wood writes on the first week of response in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
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  • Four ways you can support the Philippines Emergency Response

    12/11/13

    The response from Australians wanting to do something to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan has been incredible. So with that in mind, here’s four ways you can be involved. Read more...
  • Global Parent champions education for all on UNICEF Day for Children

    06/11/13

    UNICEF Day for Children on October 23 brought together students from across Australia to raise money to bring education to children across Asia. UNICEF Australia Global Parent Deb Craig, of Adelaide, South Australia, championed the day in her community. She tells us why ...
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  • UNICEF Day for Children launch at Greenway Park Primary School

    04/11/13

    UNICEF Day for Children was officially launched at Greenway Park Primary School on Wednesday 24 October. Read speeches given by two inspiring young students.

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  • To the children of Syria

    22/10/13

    by Tienyi Long,
    UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador


    Many, many schools inside Syria have been destroyed meaning children are unable to attend classes and continue their studies. Similarly, for refugee children, outside of Syria, their access to classes is limited not only by the availability of schools, but because of language barriers in their host countries. 
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  • Food Glorious Food!

    16/10/13

    Today is World Food Day and the question I pose to you is what have you eaten today? Read more...
  • Six questions in six minutes with Nessa.

    08/10/13

    A profile of Young Ambassador Vanessa Kutcher
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  • Voices of youth - snapshots on child rights (part 2)

    02/10/13

    by Philip Chan, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    Child rights are universal. Every child is born with and enjoys the same rights listed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child regardless of where they live, their gender, race, religious, cultural or socio-economic background.
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  • Voices of youth - snapshots on child rights

    25/09/13

    by Philip Chan, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    When I travel, I like to immerse myself in different cultures, opening my senses to diverse and exhilarating experiences, meeting new friends and being challenged by unique ways of thinking. As I spoke to young people in my travels  I realised that the rights of children are the same throughout the world. Child rights are universal. Read more...
  • Speak up, and you will be heard.

    16/09/13

    By Jaymee-Lin Ellis, UNICEF Young Ambassador

    Advocacy isn’t always about the loud, extroverted messages. Sometimes being an advocate involves simply speaking to your friends and family about the things that matter to you. Read more...
  • Educating the heart, engaging the brain.

    03/09/13

    As an ESL teacher and having managed teacher training programs across Asia I firmly believe that teachers need to drop the book, at least sometimes, - and use the valuable resources that are in the classroom; students! Read more...
  • "The more you read, the more things you'll know"

    28/08/13

    The skill of reading opens many doors not only in people’s imaginations but across all aspects of their lives. As nicely put by Dr Seuss; “the more you read, the more things you’ll know, the more places you’ll go”. Read more...
  • The Changing Face of Development

    19/08/13

    "Interning on the Promise Me campaign has given me new insight into the disparity of my experience of youth in Australia compared with other parts of the world." Read more...
  • Never too young to recognise injustice

    12/08/13

    By Shaarn Hayward, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador alumni

    My version of the future in Australia would be a place where the constitution and Australian Law undertakes referendum which ultimately create a more suitable constitution which regards the Aboriginal Culture, and other ethnicities that have adapted to the Australian culture.
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  • Every child should be treated like a prince

    26/07/13

    By Ali Nelson, Promise Me intern campaigner

    As a fairly hard core monarchist, I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the royal baby since the Palace announced the impending birth. While we marvel at the celebrations for one special little boy, it does beg the question of what could be achieved if we invested just as heavily in the children born to parents whose every move aren’t documented in HELLO! Magazine. Read more...
  • The Hill family volunteers

    24/07/13

    Mimi, along with her parents Gillian and Graham have been door-knocking Sydney voters to sign a petition supporting UNICEF Australia’s campaign to ensure Australian MPs commit to increase Australia’s foreign aid budget. Here Mimi and her parents give their impressions of what it’s like to front a UNICEF advocacy campaign. Read more...
  • One purchase, one vote. One life saved?

    22/07/13

    By Emma Crane, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    Let’s just admit it. We’re all guilty of spontaneous fashion purchases, impulsive technology spends and irrational material desires but can that sometimes irresponsible consumption make us criminals?
     
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  • Sport kicks development goals for kids

    16/07/13

    By Jamie Griffin, UNICEF Australia Promise Me campaign intern

    I might be 30 years old but I still go to bed dreaming of scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final. Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child tells us every child has the right to recreation and play in a safe and healthy environment. Yet there are millions of children worldwide who may never have the time or the opportunity to forge a love for sport. Read more...
  • An educated belief

    15/07/13

    By Marryum Kahloon, 2012/13 UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador.

    Growing up as a young female Pakistani Muslim in a Western society is not without its complications. In many ways you internalise Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations as you work to assimilate without compromising your cultural heritage.

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  • Education for all on Malala Day

    11/07/13

    By Hayley McQuire, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    This NAIDOC week I am honoured to celebrate and represent my culture to more than 500 young people from around the world who have descended on the United Nations Headquarters for Malala Day, today.  Read more...
  • Dear Young Ambassador...

    10/07/13

    Each month students across Australia can submit a question to be answers by UNICEF Australia's Young Ambassadors. This month Maddie asks, as a young person, how can she be involved?
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  • From Little Things Big Things Grow

    04/07/13

    By John Dinamarca, UNICEF Australia Promise Me intern

    Have you ever signed an online petition, shared a socially conscious Youtube video, retweeted or ‘liked’ a cause, or changed your status or avatar to show support for a social cause? Chances are you’ve been involved or exposed to online activism at some point in your life. But has the importance of taking real life action been lost among the world's netizens?
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  • The First 28 Days – A World of Difference

    24/06/13

    By Sue Ann Muller, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    When I think about the births of my two children and our first 28 days together, I remember the choices I had available to me. Opportunities to choose when to have a baby due to available contraception, a choice between having a natural birth over intervention,  a choice to give birth in a hospital or at home, whether to give birth in bath or in a clean bed. Read more...
  • How Foreign Aid Aids Your Life

    21/06/13

    By Thea Shelley, UNICEF Australia campaign intern

     “My children need more than those children in the third world.” Thise is just one of a handful of the comments made to me while doorknocking Sydney residents to sign a  UNICEF Australia petition calling for an increase in Australia’s foreign aid budget. So why is foreign aid important for us all?
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  • Photography workshop trains lens on lives of Indigenous young people

    17/06/13

    By Ali Hiscocks, EYE SEE Content Producer

    In May, well-known international UNICEF photographer Giacomo Pirozzi visited communities outside of Darwin to run photography workshops with 20 Indigenous children and youth. Ali Hiscocks writes from outside of Darwin.
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  • Four reasons to take another stab at the jab

    03/06/13

    By Eduardo Mariz, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    Bill Gates knows it. UNICEF, Rotary International and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative knows it. And, if you’ve managed to live your life untouched by smallpox, you know it.
    Immunisation works. Read more...
  • You and me, my friend

    03/06/13

    By Mariah Kennedy, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    The final night of my travels through South East Asia was the most poignant. A single sentence spoken by a small girl has remained long after the adventure faded, giving purpose to my mission to help others understand what it is to be a child whose rights can never truly be realised Read more...
  • An Aussie childhood: How we compare in 2013

    30/05/13

    UNICEF'S flagship annual report, State of the World's Children, shows that life for Australia's children from conception through birth, early childhood, primary school years and adolescence is pretty good.
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  • National Reconciliation Week and Constitutional Recognition

    29/05/13

    By Shaarn Hayward, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    National Reconciliation Week 2013 is here and the theme this year is "Let's Talk Recognition". In light of this theme I would like to bring your attention to a type of recognition that myself and the other UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors have been working towards;  Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Peoples. So what exactly is this and why should young Australians care about this issue? Read more...
  • Promise Me through a volunteers eyes

    13/05/13

    By Mel Clayton, Promise Me volunteer campaigner

    I have long admired UNICEF’s work globally, in helping the world’s most needy children and have always supported them when I am able to, donating to campaigns. Read more...
  • A Caged Reality

    09/05/13

    By Marryum Kahloon, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    It was almost five years ago that I first touched down on Australian soil. My parents had made the decision to immigrate to Australia from South Africa in the hope there would be more opportunities available for my siblings and I in ‘the land down under’.
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  • Diary of a Promise Me campaigner

    07/05/13

    By Lexie Bucholtz, UNICEF Australia Promise Me campaign intern

    When you imagine what an internship is like, what do you see? Is it endless reams of photocopying, editing documents or making tea and coffee? If it is, that’s a long way from my experience at UNICEF Australia. Read more...
  • Immunisation: how to save a life

    24/04/13

    By Isuru Devendra, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    The immunisation discussion in Australia has centred almost solely on the question of, to immunise or not? This question is an incomprehensible luxury for the families of the 18,900 children who will die every day from a disease that could have been prevented with a simple vaccine.
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  • Half promises, full promises

    17/04/13

    By Eduardo Mariz, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    One year ago billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates visited my home country, Spain, to meet with the then newly elected Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Gates didn’t come to lobby Microsoft’s interests; instead he wanted to ask for his commitment to something more important: foreign aid.

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  • Including all Children

    16/04/13

    By Marie Nemani, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    All children, regardless of gender, race, background or disability have the right to reach their full potential and ability. Unfortunately however, this isn’t so.
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  • Slipping through the cracks

    15/04/13

    By Mariah Kennedy, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    It’s night-time. I’m standing on a busy street, motorbikes roaring past me, the footpaths full of people. It should be black, at eight o’clock on a winter’s night, but the bright lights of tall buildings and loud vehicles dispel any darkness. Read more...
  • In My Backyard: The Karen Homework Club

    03/04/13

    By Mariah Kennedy, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    This week, I spoke to Isy Carson and Jack England, two students involved in the Karen Homework Club, a partnership between students attending Geelong Grammar School and Karen refugee students in their local area. Read more...
  • Cradle for Lost Generations?

    27/03/13

    By Eduardo Mariz, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    A few weeks ago newsstands dawned to a Friday of grim reminders. It was the Friday a Syrian uprising, now a civil war, began two years ago, sowing violence in a place my history teacher used to call the “cradle of civilizations”. Read more...
  • UNICEF Ambassador’s positive words for WorldMUN 2013 delegates

    26/03/13

    By Abbie O’Brien, student journalist at WorldMUN

    Who better to advocate the WorldMUN 2013 slogan ‘Reinvent Your World’ and our capacity to initiate change, than 16 year-old Mariah Kennedy, a young ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Read more...
  • A Place where Everyone Belongs…

    20/03/13

    By Mia Cox, UNICEF Australia Youth Engagement Officer

    How are you celebrating Harmony Day? Here's some resources for you to share, learn about and take action.
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  • Can Money Buy Happiness?

    20/03/13

    By Lenny, UNICEF Australia Digital Intern

    Today marks the inaugural International Day of Happiness. By what is it that truly makes us happy?
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  • In My Backyard

    19/03/13

    By Marryum Kahloon, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    Each week the we'll showcase a group of young people who are making a change in their community. First up, the Bond University Student Philanthropy Council’s Kununurra Project.

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  • Guest Post: The cycle of poverty for children living with a disability

    11/03/13

    By Rosangela Berman-Bieler, UNICEF Chief of Disabilities, New York.

    UNICEF disabilities chief Rosangela Berman-Bieler shares an account of the poverty cycle faced by children living with a disability.  Read more...
  • Small business training is changing lives in the Solomon Islands

    08/03/13

    By Dominic McInerney, Co-ordinator Good Aid Works

    Late last year I was lucky enough to spend some time in a small settlement on the outskirts of Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, with Cain and Louise. They are a young couple who have participated in small business training and life skills training funded by Australia’s overseas aid program.
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  • 8 Reasons to Teach Children about Child Rights

    07/03/13

    By Bethany Robinson, UNICEF Australia Education Intern

    Want to make a difference to the children in your life and the world? Here are 8 reasons why teaching children about child rights is vital. Read more...
  • Tracing Ewan McGregor’s Cold Chain vaccine journey

    28/02/13

    By Hannah Morris, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    Previously known to me as the hopelessly romantic, endearingly naive Bohemian writer from Moulin Rouge, Ewan McGregor had me viewing him in a whole new light after watching Cold Chain Mission, a documentary shown on SBS last night. Read more...
  • The Cry of Syria’s Forgotten Youth

    25/02/13

    By Marryum Kahloon, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    As we stew in our own misfortune of bad weather, spare a thought for Syrian refugee children. It's been nearly 11 months since the civil war first erupted. So what has happened?
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  • Much more than child's play -Sport for Development

    30/01/13

    By Hannah Morris, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    Think of an Australian summer and three words come to mind- beach, BBQ, and tennis. But sport can also have make a huge difference in changing children's lives.

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  • Film review: The Impossible

    30/01/13

    By Isuru Devendra, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    I recently attended a special preview screening of the film The Impossible, starring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. In partnership with Hoyts Distribution, the proceeds of these preview screenings were generously donated to UNICEF Australia. Read more...
  • Glimmer of Hope in Myanmar

    16/01/13

    By Mariah Kennedy, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    In this blog post Mariah writes about her initial thoughts as she travels around Myanmar.
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  • Australia’s foreign aid – it’s important for you too!

    11/01/13

    By Isuru Devendra, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    We have been so captivated by the act of giving during this past festive season, but one present that will no longer be under the tree of the world’s poorest is $375 million of foreign aid from the Australian government.
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  • Top 5 Children’s Storybooks

    18/12/12

    By Bethany Robinson, UNICEF Australia Education Intern.
    Here is my Christmas gift to you, a list of lovely storybooks I have found filled with beautiful illustrations around global awareness. You may like to give these as Christmas gifts to your child, hire them from your library, or read them to your students, to get them thinking deeper about the world around them. Read more...
  • The Forgotten Killer of Children

    14/12/12

    By Marie Nemani, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    I want to tell you the story of two children, both of similar ages, but living in completely different parts of the world.
    They can’t speak the same language; they have different cultures and belong to different communities. They have different parents and will probably never meet, yet these two children are alike in so many ways. Read more...
  • Stand as one to find you are one of many

    10/12/12

    By Mariah Kennedy, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    I’m currently on a school exchange in France. But while the French live in a different society and different culture we share the same dreams and vision.
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  • The nostalgia of International Day of People with Disability

    03/12/12

    By Chelsea Huggett, Inclusive Development Intern, CBM

    International Day of People with Disability always makes me feel a little nostalgic. Two years ago on December 3, I celebrated International Day in the small Asia-Pacific country of East Timor. I fondly remember a day filled with games, music, laughter and food under a hot Dili sun. Everyone had a ball.
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  • What a backpacker's medical kit can tell you about World AIDS Day

    01/12/12

    By UNICEF Australia media and communications manager Kate Moore.

    IT was with a kit list in one hand, an open backpack at my feet and a hike-sized medical kit packed to exploding I realised this week I finally had to let go any notion of being cool and hand that mantle to my soon-to-be intrepid stepson. Read more...
  • Inspired: A Christmas that delivers a gift of service and love

    30/11/12

    By Alison Bennett, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    In the past few weeks almost everyone I speak to has become bogged down by the end of year rush. Whether it is the continuous carols, the Christmas trees down the main street or the tinsel adorning shopfronts it is hard to escape the feeling there is so much to do in so little time. Read more...
  • Why Poverty, and does Australia need to worry about inequality of wealth?

    27/11/12

    Last night, ABC2 screened the first of five documentaries from the Why Poverty project, Park Avenue: how much inequality is too much? The initiative is aimed at asking people worldwide to join the discussion around poverty. Read more...
  • One small referendum, one giant leap for children’s rights in Ireland

    26/11/12

    By Isuru Devendra , UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    10th November 2012 marked an historic day for children’s rights in the Republic of Ireland. By a 58 per cent majority, the people of Ireland voted at a referendum to amend the Irish Constitution to enhance protections afforded to children. Read more...
  • Battle of the sexes still important fight to take to the field

    16/11/12

    By Rafaela Stalph, 15
    Despite much progress women are still far behind men in terms of equality. In 2006 I travelled to Zimbabwe with my mum for 10 days. It was while there I realised the importance of education, not only as a place to learn, but as a safe haven from instability.
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  • For all children

    15/11/12

    By Rashini Suriyaarachchi, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    I recently saw ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ – a documentary tracing the journey an asylum seeker in Indonesia takes to becoming to a ‘boat person’ in Australia. The documentary opens with a family at Dandenong Markets, Melbourne: shopping, smiling, happy. It’s a scene that could have been shot anywhere in Australia – and it struck me, could easily be pulled right from my own past. Read more...
  • The right to an education: the path to a bright future and the key to unlocking dreams

    05/11/12

    By Mia Cox, UNICEF Australia Youth Engagement Officer

    Looking out over the hundreds of children gathered in this little school hall, two things struck me. Clad in the common colour (although every imaginable shade and tone) of blue, they were all similar. But as I looked closer, it was clear that there were children in this room whose families and nationalities were from every corner of the world. Read more...
  • We must ensure Malala’s courage is not in vain

    15/10/12

    By Isuru Devendra , UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    The recent brutal attack on 14-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai reminds us of the gross inequality that exists around the world in relation to access to education, especially for young girls. Read more...
  • A Community of Excellence

    15/10/12

    UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador Marryum Kahloon writes about her experience about the collective power of community to bring about positive action to make a difference.
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  • DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD: Girl Guide delivers vision for her future

    11/10/12

    By Alisha Cock, Girl Guide

    Hello. My name is Alisha. I am 15. In 15 years I will be 30 and this is my vision for the world at that time. My vision, by the time I turn 30, is for everyone to be equal, for everyone in the world to have access to basic food, water, health and housing. Read more...
  • A Day for Girls

    10/10/12

    By Rashini Suriyaarachchi, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    As a 19 year-old on a gap year, I’m uncertain about what my future holds. But if I were a girl in the developing world, how might my future be different?
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  • What movie "Mental" says about stereotypes

    10/10/12

    By Kate Linkins, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern

    While the new film Mental is undeniably a black comedy, it does attempt to challenge existing stereotypes surrounding mental illness, particularly how mental illness affects young people. Read more...
  • The Wider Effects of Aid

    25/09/12

    By Isuru Devendra, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    I often feel many of us perceive aid through an ‘us’ and ‘them’ dichotomy. ‘Us’ being those with means, and ‘them’ being individuals who are incapable of supporting themselves and their families.  Perhaps we even fall victim to, what I believe is, the fallacy that our altruistic acts are for the sole benefit of ‘them’.
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  • Food for thought

    21/09/12

    By Alison Bennett, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    It is well known that adequate nutrition is vital for health and well-being. Children who receive proper nourishment are more likely to grow and develop well and have better outcomes at school. This has flow on effects for not only the individual but their family and community and can contribute to breaking the poverty cycle.  Read more...
  • One Day Can Make a Lot of Difference

    19/09/12

    By Marie Nemani, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Education gives children the chance to choose things that would otherwise be chosen for them. These choices mean that as children grow older, they will have a new world of opportunities available to them and over generations, this can break the cycle of poverty and be given a chance for a better life.
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  • The Secret Cave

    12/09/12

    by Mariah Kennedy
    UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador


    In August, I visited Arnhemland for two weeks. Two weeks of travelling to untouched, beautiful places. Two weeks of meeting people rarely in contact with outsiders. Two weeks that changed the way that I view our country and its citizens forever. Read more...
  • Child Rights Taskforce in Geneva

    23/08/12

    By Jan Muhunthan, Child Rights Taskforce Youth Reporter
    “How can we give children a voice when they don’t even vote?” This comment was made by a representative of the Australian Government in the lead up to the UN Committee on the Rights of
    the Child review process. Read more...
  • Keep trade to objects not children

    22/08/12

    By Jo Irving, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    “ 1.2 million children saved! Slavery finished for good.” What a wonderful sentence that would be to hear, but do we believe that such a sentence can ever be declared?

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  • Child’s Play

    20/08/12

    By Marryum Kahloon, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Children should be seen, not heard. Wrong. Stereotypes and restrictive maxims of the years gone past are today obsolete. Age is not an inhibiting factor. It is a characteristic like any other. Read more...
  • To be fair.

    08/08/12

    By Shaarn Hayward,
    UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador, 2012-13
    My name is Shaarn Hayward and I am an Indigenous Australian. I am a descendant of the Wiradjuri People and grew up on the land of the Biripi People. When I introduce myself to someone I’m meeting for the first time I often say that I am an Indigenous Australian. “You don’t look it,” is the common response.

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  • Using Sanitation to Promote Girls Rights

    01/08/12

    By Elizabeth Yared, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    We all know the importance of clean water and sanitation, but the effects often reach further than we think. But how does a project that that builds closer and safer access to water impact female school attendance? How could the two possibly be related?

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  • Giving all Children a Fair Go

    25/07/12

    By Jo Irving, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    When I was 14 years old I discovered that my left leg had developed a condition, which made it impossible for me to walk. Thankfully, I was only in this state for 3 months thanks to successful surgeries. This experience gave me a small insight into the difficulties millions of people with disabilities cope with every day. Read more...
  • Keeping our Children Safe

    23/07/12

    By Alison Bennett, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Working to work in the cold winter air I find it particularly concerning when I think about those in our community not fortunate enough to have some of their basic needs met. I found it particularly concerning when I heard recently that approximately 44,500 children and young people under 24 in Australia are without a place to call home each night. Read more...
  • An Overdue Visit

    23/07/12

    By Michael Sheldrick, End of Polio
    "Your visit is long overdue... you need to see this program in action yourself."
    A guest post from Michael Sheldrick, who visited UNICEF polio eradication programs in India.
    Read more...
  • Australia’s children’s rights report card released

    16/07/12

    By Isuru Devendra, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
     
    Australia’s report card is in. Regrettably, straight A’s were not to be.
    On 15 June 2012, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child provided Australia with its five-year report card. Read more...
  • Malnutrition: a first-hand perspective

    09/07/12

    By Fanta Conteh, UNICEF Australia Communications & Advocacy Volunteer

    The world is such a diverse and unequal place in so many ways; while kids from more affluent nations are facing the burden of over-nutrition, Africa’s less privileged children are suffering from under-nutrition, especially in the Sahel region.
    Read more...
  • My Friend Mina

    05/07/12

    By Mariah Kennedy, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    I recently made a new friend. She has dark hair and brown eyes, and the most infectious laugh I have ever heard. She loves to dance. Her favourite TV show is iCarly and her dream is to become a teacher when she grows up.
    Read more...
  • Dear Australia

    03/07/12

    My name is Marie Nemani and I’ve recently been appointed as a Young Ambassador for UNICEF Australia. I wanted to be a Young Ambassador because I wanted to help make the world as it should be.

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  • An opportunity to raise hope for the Sahel

    27/06/12

    By Joanna Irving, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern

    It is easy to close our eyes to famine or disaster. Understandably, because for our minds to process it, the fact that 1 million children are suffering severe malnutrition, and that 3 million more are in danger in the Sahel region, can be too difficult to bear.
    Read more...
  • A call to arms

    21/06/12

    By Dane Moores, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Did you know that eight million ‘light weapons’ are assembled every year to fire them?
    And did you know that the international sale of bananas and bottled water is more regulated than the global trade in conventional weapons?
    Read more...
  • Celebrating Refugee Week

    19/06/12

    By Elizabeth Yared, Communications Intern at UNICEF Australia

    Displacement is something that puts lives on hold, in danger and in need of immediate attention. A new report from UNHCR reported 2011 to have been a record year for forced displacement across borders, with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000.
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  • Empowering the next generation

    13/06/12

    By Joanna Irving, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern

    It was a wet, warm February in the Philippines, where I was volunteering with a local NGO. After weeks of organising and a weekend of teaching street children about their rights, these brave youths, from poverty-stricken homes, found their voice to speak out to the local officials about child rights abuses in their community.
    Read more...
  • From Australia to Geneva

    04/06/12

    By Jade Bae, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    When my parents decided to pack up their life as they knew it and move half way across the world to Australia with mini-me in tow ten years ago, they did so for one reason, and one reason only: to give me the chance to have a better childhood and live a better life. Read more...
  • Real kids making real change

    29/05/12

    By Mia Cox, UNICEF Australia Youth Campaign Assistant
    Sitting in the pow-wow circle at a Sydney Girl Guides unit, listening to around 20 girls happily slurping on slices of oranges while they took turns to share the highlights of their weeks – I once again found myself being swept away with admiration for the way that Girl Guide groups provide a safe space for inclusion, learning and fun afternoons for girls all across Australia. Read more...
  • Drowning in Numbers

    29/05/12

    It is every parent’s nightmare. Their child missing. Friends and family frantically searching. Minutes turn to hours.  So it was for Mrs Nguyen Thu Thao when her nine-year-old son Tong went missing from their village in the south of Vietnam. Read more...
  • Making cities child friendly

    25/05/12

    By Adelaide Rief, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    The idea of a child friendly city is also one that hopes to assure children their most basic rights; the right to be healthy, to have an education, hang out with their buddies, be safe and to participate in the social and cultural events that enliven their environments.
    Read more...
  • Literacy: a fundamental life-skill

    18/05/12

    by Lee Harrison, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern

    When I was a small child, I had lots of books and I enjoyed reading. I had parents who actively encouraged literacy by taking me to the library and reading with me from an early age. Reading books and newspapers was the norm in our house. Read more...
  • Why my voice (and yours) matters

    15/05/12

    By Jade Bae, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    About two months ago, I walked into the UNICEF Australia office, slightly nervous, excited (I’m a multi-tasker, can you tell?) and determined to not make a fool of myself on the first day.

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  • Young Australians Commit to Aid

    07/05/12

    By Susanna Matters, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    Commitment. Apparently, it’s a terrifying thought for young people. Something which makes us flee overseas to find ourselves, abandon relationships and switch careers more than any other previous generation. But actually, there is one thing about which young Australians are consistently confident. Read more...
  • Diary from Mauritania

    07/05/12

    By Anthea Moore, Reporting Officer UNICEF Mauritania

    When I was asked to consider a position in Mauritania last December, I didn’t know where it was on the map.  Mauritania occupies an area of West Africa twice the size of France, but it is largely desert and only 3 million people live here.  In February, I was deployed to here by RedR Australia, an NGO that sends people to help respond to emergencies, to work with UNICEF on a growing nutrition crisis.
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  • A single second can make a big difference

    02/05/12

    By Tom Morrison, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    It is amazing what a brief insight into the healthcare system can do for your perspective. I’ve barely even glimpsed the surface of the medical world since I began university this year, but already I can see just how stark the difference is between developed and developing health systems. Read more...
  • World Malaria Day

    23/04/12

    By Jade Bae, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    We all love the summertime. The weather’s good day in and day out, the sun stays higher for longer and there’s just something in the air, a fever of excitement for the long, lazy days ahead Read more...
  • Celebrating youth around the State

    19/04/12

    By Roopa Varadharajan , UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Earlier on this week, I was having lunch in Martin Place with a couple of my friends when we noticed that there were police and people dressed up as criminals hiding in caged boxes right in front of us. Read more...
  • Time to put some resolve into our resolutions

    18/04/12

    By Dane Moores, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Remember those New Year’s resolutions you made five months ago? You know, the ones where you promised to exercise more, stress less and cut down your calorie intake but the only thing slim was your success rate?
    Read more...
  • Silent victims of Syrian crisis

    12/04/12

    By Lee Harrison, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    Two years ago, I went on a holiday to Syria. The people there were some of the most generous I have ever met. Syria was a country with relatively few tourists. Now Syria is a very different place. Read more...
  • Create your own inspiration.

    28/03/12

    By Kaitlin Bakker, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Imagine a world where poverty is unheard of, where children of all races, genders and sexes are equal, where women are empowered and where all children are fed and educated. As young people in Australia, we can create this dream. Read more...
  • Every drop counts

    22/03/12

    By Jade Bae, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    Here’s a tried and tested question. What is the one thing that you couldn’t live without? Let me guess. Your iPhone/car/ TV/internet /money… or, you know, personally speaking, food.
    Read more...
  • Small steps for child soldiers

    20/03/12

    By Lee Harrison, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    Encouraging steps are being taken to make sure children’s rights are respected and protected in situations of conflict and war. Read more...
  • Race to create a National Children’s Commissioner

    14/03/12

    By Lee Harrison, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    Australia has a torrid relationship with human rights. The attitude seems to be, “why fix the system if it ain’t broke?” But what if your rights were taken away? Read more...
  • A celebration for all

    08/03/12

    By Susanna Matters, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    How come there isn’t International Men’s Day? It’s the question that relentlessly pursues me whenever I pin on my purple ribbon on 8th March.
    Read more...
  • Children in an Urban World: Reflecting on the topic of The State of the World’s Children 2012

    28/02/12

    By Nikola Balvin, Research Officer, Division of Communication, UNICEF New York

    At 89 per cent urban and with four of its cities making The Economist’s top ten most liveable list (Melbourne at no. 1, Sydney at no. 4, Perth at no. 8, and Adelaide at no. 9), Australia seems to “do” urbanisation exceptionally well. Read more...
  • Looking out for children: Get on the bandwagon

    22/02/12

    By Verity Smith, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern - Adults make decisions about so many aspects of children’s lives. This is not a license to control the voiceless or the powerless – it is a responsibility to make sure that we protect them. Read more...
  • The hardest word to say

    15/02/12

    By Roopa Varadharajan, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador. This week we reflect on the milestone of the 4th anniversary of the Australian Government’s apology to Indigenous Australians. Read more...
  • Stop the slaves on the streets

    09/02/12

    By Kaitlin Bakker , UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador. Human trafficking in girls and women is becoming a disturbing trend. Just recently, as I explored some Eastern European countries, I became aware of the alarming number of females ‘selling themselves’ on the street with the hope of better opportunities such as marriage, employment and freedom.
    Read more...
  • Predators invade cyberspace

    02/02/12

    By Antonia Maiolo, UNICEF Communications Intern
    It seems our world has reached a turning point in recent years. Since roughly 2005, reports have shown that the digital divide between rich and poor nations has shrunk. 

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  • Generous Aussie Spirit (or just de Generes birthday spirit?)

    25/01/12

    By Verity Smith, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern January 26th is an important day. Not only is it Ellen De Generes’ birthday, it is also the countdown of the Triple J Hottest 100. These momentous occasions aside – it’s Australia Day. Apart from looking forward to a day off, it has got me thinking about what makes me proud about Australia. Read more...
  • One year without polio: a milestone and a blueprint

    19/01/12

    By Adam Baidawi, UNICEF Young Ambassador. We should be rightly proud as a country to have contributed $50 million to polio eradication in 2011. But just as polio seemed an unconquerable beast mere decades ago, it will take a concerted global effort to overcome other crises. Read more...
  • The Protester

    22/12/11

    By Dane Moores, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador. The winner of Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2011 is out. And it isn’t a celebrity, a musician, a billionaire businessman or even a politician. So who did the magazine name as the world’s most influential person or group in 2011? And the winner is (drum roll): The Protester! Read more...
  • Christmas in East Africa

    21/12/11

    By Antonia Maiolo, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern. Here in Australia it’s that time of year when most people are preparing to celebrate Christmas with loved ones. While Aussie kids are hoping that on Christmas morning they will un-wrap the latest gadgets and toys, children in drought-stricken East Africa are not as fortunate. Read more...
  • Beckham: International Football Star, Pin-up… and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

    05/12/11

    By Verity Smith, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    Stumbling across articles on David Beckham is usually a mixed bag: will last night’s win against Melbourne Victory be his last before moving from LA Galaxy to Paris St Germain? Has Tom Cruise converted him to Scientology? Is that really all him in those Armani underwear ads?
    Read more...
  • Through the eyes of a woman

    29/11/11

    By Roopa Varadharajan, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Throughout history women have been segregated, looked down upon or have been made to feel inferior against men. In many cultures, violence is often used against women as a means for them to be controlled and objectified by men. Read more...
  • Youth Health - it's totally important

    25/11/11

    By Adelaide Rief, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Reflecting back on being a teenager I have, for the most part, some really lovely memories of going to a great school, being pretty happy most of the time and having a great family who could put food on the table at every meal (and delicious food at that).  And importantly I had all those things because and despite of the fact that I am a girl.  Read more...
  • Numbers speak louder than words

    15/11/11

    By Angelica Tziotis, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    More than 100 daus ago it was declared: A state of drought, famine, and fighting. Southern Somalia is in turmoil
    Read more...
  • Feeling down? A story of hope to warm the cockles of your heart.

    08/11/11

    By Mia Cox, UNICEF Advocacy Intern
    While taking a 6-month hiatus from study, I’ve been nannying in the afternoons. In my mind, being paid to chat to a hilarious 3-year old (whose favourite food is “silver blueberries”) and cuddling cooing baby twins is much, much funner than being run off my feet in a coffee shop. Read more...
  • Protecting the rights of children on Universal Children's Day

    27/10/11

    By Jo Gardener, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern

    When I looked in my diary yesterday morning, the words “Universal Children’s Day” was printed in the fine small print in the corner of Wednesday 26th October, and I began thinking about what the purpose of this day is actually all about. Read more...
  • Sowing Seeds of Global Awareness

    27/10/11

    By Adam Baidawi, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

    There was a moment when it all clicked.
    A few weeks back, I was speaking to Year 6 boys at a Melbourne primary school, describing the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read more...
  • On Breastfeeding

    25/10/11

    By Tara Moss, UNICEF Australia’s Patron of Breastfeeding.
    Last year, when supermodel Giselle Bündchen made her infamous comment thatthere should be a “worldwide law” that mothers breastfeed for six months, I was one of those who jumped up and down with outrage. Read more...
  • On the brink: our opportunity to end the second human disease in history

    20/10/11

    By Renee Carr, Global Poverty Project

    In the fight against extreme poverty, it can often be hard to convey the incredible progress that is being made.
    But, right now, our generation has an opportunity to do just that. Read more...
  • Living below the line

    17/10/11

    By Mia Cox, UNICEF Advocacy Intern
    The other day I watched the latest Four Corners episode entitled “Poor Kids”.  This documentary followed the real lives of three children in the UK who are living below the national poverty line. It was a dark and depressing tale, as you could almost see the potential and spirit of these children being slowly extinguished by the tightening grip of parental unemployment, debt, stigmatisation and increasing anxiety about the future.
    Read more...
  • The impact of climate change

    13/10/11

    By Victoria Jack, UNICEF Australia Communication Intern
    "We have no planet B"

    Those five words sent a little shiver down my spine when I heard them delivered at a United Nations conference on sustainability held in Germany earlier this month. Read more...
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step for Saudi girls.

    06/10/11

    By Susanna Matters, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Last Monday, one of those moments occurred. You know, the moment when you’re flicking through the newspaper and then you suddenly let out a whoop of joy. That was me, last Monday, celebrating the news that women in Saudi Arabia have been granted the right to vote and run in municipal elections. Read more...
  • Australia's foreign aid by the numbers

    29/09/11

    By Dane Moores, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    As Australians, we pride ourselves as a generous bunch. When disasters strike, we’re there to lend a hand. It’s the Aussie way. In fact, last year’s World Giving Index rated Australians and New Zealanders as the top givers internationally for donating their time and money.
    Read more...
  • Work Hard, Play harder

    27/09/11

    By Kaitlin Bakker, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Born and bred in Australia, I have naturally been given endless sporting opportunities throughout my life. I could swim before I could walk and catch before I could crawl. Read more...
  • It’s time to PEACE together the world

    21/09/11

    By Roopa Varadharajan, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Wednesday 21 September is the International Day of Peace, a day which allows individuals, organisations and nations to create practical acts of peace Read more...
  • Finding Our Foundations

    15/09/11

    By Angelica Tziotis, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Sitting on a bus one afternoon last year, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on the conversation occurring between two older women sitting in the seat in front of me.
    Read more...
  • Two visions

    08/09/11

    By Adelaide Rief, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    It can be hard to reconcile statistics and individuals, the child is one of those numbers, and yet still a living breathing human with dignity, potential and an inherent worth. A worth that’s not easily quantifiable. Read more...
  • A picture says a thousand words: Children fight poverty with art

    06/09/11

    By Mia Cox, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    Working towards reducing poverty, making art and getting my girlpower on are probably my three greatest passions. Read more...
  • East Africa: We Must Agree-to-Agree

    25/08/11

    By Adam Baidawi, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Neuroscientists have found that over 80 per cent of calories that newborns ingest fuel their brains. The colossal statistic accounts for how rapidly the young brain grows and develops.

    Read more...
  • Ten years since Tampa

    23/08/11

    By Lauren King, UNICEF Australia Communication Intern
    This week marks the ten year anniversary of the Tampa crisis, an event which called into question Australia’s commitment to its human rights obligations and legal responsibilities. Read more...
  • One thousand women every day

    19/08/11

    By Lauren King, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    For women in the developed world pregnancy and child birth are mostly a source of joy and celebration.  While some may fear the pain, it is unimaginable to most women to think of child birth as life threatening. Read more...
  • Yes, I’m talking to you!

    11/08/11

    By Susanna Matters, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Have you heard of the Peace Team?  They’re in town at the moment to compete in the AFL International Cup. Established in 2008, this AFL side is made up of thirteen Israeli and thirteen Palestinian young men who come together each week with a shared passion for a decent game of Aussie Rules and a powerful message of tolerance. Read more...
  • From little things, big things grow

    09/08/11

    By Mia Cox, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    On Friday, Monique (UNICEF Aust Advocacy Officer), myself and a huge box of art supplies travelled to Lindfield to participate in a fun and fabulous card design workshop with two Girl Guide units. Read more...
  • Cracking the "best"-feeding myth

    04/08/11

    By Roopa Varadharajan, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    My mother has always told me that I was a non-breastfed baby. My hate for the nipple turned into love for the bottle. Read more...
  • A carbon price fit for children?

    28/07/11

    By Adelaide Rief, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    A few weeks ago, the first female Prime Minister of Australia announced the details of the Government’s climate change plan including the much maligned “carbon price”. Read more...
  • The feeling of being spoilt

    19/07/11

    By Angelica Tziotis, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Everyone has the right to a childhood, the right to grow up and experience the wonders of the world at their own pace. But these rights are not always granted, and many find themselves stripped of such privileges. Read more...
  • Hunger: A Silent Tsunami

    15/07/11

    By Mia Cox, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    While media headlines give us the blow-by-blow developments of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, a much bigger, life-threatening and rapidly escalating disaster is slipping under the radar of international attention.
    Read more...
  • Pakistan - Different only in the setting

    13/07/11

    Imagine saying goodbye to your children knowing it would be the last time you may ever see them.
    Read more...
  • Nightmarish reality for children in Somalia

    12/07/11

    By Miriam Cox, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    Imagine waking up in the morning to the cracking sound of gunfire. It’s a sound so constant and familiar you’ve been able to sleep through it all night – it’s become white noise. Read more...
  • Advance Australia fairly?

    07/07/11

    By Lauren King, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    Numerous unaddressed child rights issues and violations are taking place in Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children remain some of the most disadvantaged and ignored children in the country. Read more...
  • Change: The next step is ours

    05/07/11

    By Kaitlin Bakker, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Did you know that indigenous kids are 28 times more likely to be imprisoned than other children in Australia?
    It’s a shocking statistic that belies the common belief that Australia is the land of the fair go.
    Read more...
  • Why 'Go Back' is compulsory viewing

    28/06/11

    By Adam Baidawi, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Every so often, I’ll stay up ‘til 4 or 5am. Being a freelance writer—tackling deadlines and annoying, sudden bursts of inspiration—this isn’t wholly surprising. But what kept me up the other night was Go Back To Where You Came From. Read more...
  • Australia's Report Card

    23/06/11

    By Tom Morrison, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
    Every four years the UN Human Rights council conducts what’s known as a "Universal Periodic Review” of every country, and this time Australia’s drawn the lucky card. The review is essentially a report card, detailing what’s going well and what needs to be improved. So how did Australia do? Not so well... Read more...
  • Exaggerated fears hurt children the most

    21/06/11

    By Lauren King, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    By the end 2010, there were 43.7 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, the highest number in 15 years. Of these, 15.4 million were refugees, 837,500 asylum-seekers and 27.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Read more...
  • Cows vs Children: which exports are grabbing our attention?

    16/06/11

    By Miriam Cox, UNICEF Advocacy Intern
    It seems to have been a stroke of political luck for the Gillard government, as the kafuffle over leaked documents about Australia’s asylum seeker swap plans with Malaysia, was usurped by the drama of live cattle being exported to meet their grizzly ends in Indonesian abattoirs. Read more...
  • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV needs to remain on the global agenda

    09/06/11

    In the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic there are no greater victims than children. Every day, around 1400 innocent infants are infected with HIV during pregnancy, labour or breast-feeding.
    Read more...
  • Obligation or Opportunity?

    31/05/11

    By Ali Hiscocks, UNICEF Australia skilled volunteer

    Growing up in Australia, we are taught Aboriginal Studies in school. We are taught about the history of white settlement. We learn about discrimination and exclusion, murder, dispossession and the destruction of a traditional way of life. Guilt and obligation creep in to young hearts and minds early on. Read more...
  • Pakistan aid under threat amid Osama bin Laden fallout

    19/05/11

    By Lauren King, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern

    The death of Osama bin Laden has made headlines around the world.
    However, just as the actions of bin Laden caused the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women, and children, the fallout from his demise could also have dire consequences for the people of Pakistan.
    Read more...
  • Profile of an AYAD: Working for UNICEF in Tamale, Ghana

    16/05/11

    By Nerida Williams, UNICEF AYAD in Ghana

    I have been fortunate enough to experience life in rural Africa for six months. My new home is located 12 hours north of the capital of Ghana. Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region, is the 'gateway' to the other northern (and highly impoverished) regions of Ghana. Read more...
  • Married at the age of nine

    09/05/11

    By Mijo Lee, UNICEF Volunteer

    Last week my flatmates gathered in our living room to watch the gorgeous Kate Middleton walking down the aisle in Westminster Cathedral to marry Prince William.

    I wondered whether my friends would have made the same sounds of delight and the same comments about the wedding dress when I read an article about the wedding ceremony of nine year old Farah. Read more...
  • Tough times for teenage mums

    06/05/11

    By Miriam Cox, UNICEF Volunteer

    In The Australian today, there is an article which outlines a new radical proposal by the Gillard government to force teenage mothers to “go to school and get job-ready when their child turns one”. It seems like there are pros and cons to this proposal, with some arguing that letting teenagers live on welfare and then expecting them suddenly get a job when they turn 20, is unrealistic if they have been out of education and training for several years. Read more...
  • The perfect gift

    02/05/11

    By Bohdana Szydlik, UNICEF Australia Communications Officer
    It can sometimes be hard finding the perfect gift for Mothers’ Day. Chocolates and flowers are usually a safe bet, but they only last a few days- if not a few minutes. Read more...
  • Children under increasing threat as fighting continues

    21/04/11

    By James Elder, Chief of Communications UNICEF Libya
    Benghazi, Libya -- Before intense fighting engulfed Misrata 50 days ago, five-year-old Dava* would play dress-ups and make beaded necklaces. In this she was probably typical of most five year olds living in the western Libyan city. But who would know? Read more...
  • Letter from Laos

    15/04/11

    By Martha Tattersall, UNICEF Australia Communications Manager
    In a world away from home, I am writing from Vientiane in Laos, where I am currently on a secondment with UNICEF.
    Read more...
  • Close The Gap.

    21/03/11

    By Alison Hiscocks, UNICEF Australia skilled volunteer
    I don’t like jogging. I know it’s good for me but somehow, when it comes to the crunch (excuse the fitness pun), any excuse will do. A fail safe way to get me going is to tell someone my intention. Accountability makes it harder to lapse on my commitment. Accountability leads to action. This is true for everyone.
    Read more...
  • Tears and tear gas: Christmas Island

    17/03/11

    By Sarah Drury, UNICEF Australia Skilled Volunteer
    Overshadowed by Japan's terrible earthquake and tsuanami, it was easy to miss another event on the weekend: a riot by detainees at the Christmas Island detention centre, suppressed by tear gas and so-called “bean-bag bullets.” Read more...
  • Bilingual education in Vietnam

    08/03/11

    By Martha Tattersall, UNICEF Australia Communications Manager
    Ly Thanh Hoa was young when she left Sa Pa, the enclave of northern Vietnam home to the Hmong ethnic group. Dressed in a colourful traditional dress, she now faces her year one class to teach maths. Read more...
  • Family and Foreigners

    04/03/11

    By Sarah Drury, UNICEF Australia Skilled Volunteer

    My grandmother sits glued to the ABC coverage of the Queensland floods.
    “It's just terrible, terrible,” she says. “I must make a donation.”

    As she reaches for her chequebook, I ask her if she would also give money to help earthquake victims in Haiti or flood victims in Pakistan.
    Read more...
  • Education in Emergencies

    02/03/11

    By Emma Boughton, UNICEF Australia skilled volunteer
    As Christchurch continues to clear away rubble from the devastating earthquake last week and the northern countries of Africa continue to descend into political turmoil, we must not forget the psychological impacts these conflicts and natural disasters bring, especially for children. Read more...
  • From diamonds to devastation: Côte d’Ivoire

    22/02/11

    By Anokhee Shah, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    Change is on hand in North Africa. As I write this the Egyptian leader has been deposed; and Lybia, Tunisia and Yemen may be on the brink of similar radical upheaval. In a little known West African nation called Côte d’Ivoire, political instability has been bubbling away since December 2010 when the Ivorian president refused to stand down from power.
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  • Primary Days

    14/02/11

    By Kat Bhathena, UNICEF Australia Advocacy Intern
    When I think of my primary school years growing up in the UK, I think of walking to school through the park and playing on the swings, performing pop concerts in the school field, school plays and sports days. Read more...
  • Sorry.

    10/02/11

    By Alison Hiscocks, UNICEF Australia skilled volunteer
    This weekend marks the third anniversary of the Federal Government’s historic apology to Australia’s Indigenous people for centuries of injustice. A day where words of regret, such as “profound grief, suffering and loss” fell on indigenous children’s ears, as they watched tears roll down their parent’s and grandparent’s cheeks. Read more...
  • Looking beyond our backyard

    08/02/11

    By Tim O'Connor, Director of Communications and Advocacy, UNICEF Australia
    Ever since the landmark Simons Report into Australia’s aid program a dominant theory amongst academics and aid wonks has been to push for a closer alignment of our aid program with our geographic proximity.
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  • Afghan asylum seekers to be forcibly returned home

    25/01/11

    By Anokhee Shah, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    As women, children and persecuted peoples flee a hazardous Afghanistan, the Australian and Afghan Governments have signed an agreement allowing the deportation of unsuccessful asylum seekers. Read more...
  • Remembering Haiti: One year on

    12/01/11

    By Martha Tattersall, UNICEF Australia Senior Communications Officer
    A year has passed since the Haiti earthquake. Only just back to work after a Christmas break, I remember the scenes well, one year on. Read more...
  • Children should be heard, and not just seen

    05/01/11

    By Anokhee Shah, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    I grew up in Zimbabwe where, despite having the most wonderful upbringing by loving parents, I was surrounded by people facing poverty and hunger, and a nation facing political and economic upheaval. 
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  • Christmas Island disaster tragic reminder of Rights of the Child

    04/01/11

    By Anokhee Shah, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    The devastating Christmas Island boat crash in December 2010 cannot be ignored. With seven children killed, including three baby girls and a baby boy, the boat crash tragedy shows how vulnerable children are on the tumultuous journey across the sea. Read more...
  • Children Left Behind

    15/12/10

    By Anokhee Shah, UNICEF Australia Communications Intern
    We are lucky in Australia to have access to health and education, without the problems of economic instability and wartime strife.
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  • A Reminder

    15/12/10

    By Lizzie Ingleson, UNICEF Advocacy Intern
    The problem with floods is that their impact lasts long after the immediate disaster has hit. Read more...