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  • Tara Moss meets children of Syria


    Tara Moss, UNICEF Australia's National Ambassador for Child Survival, has just returned from meeting Syrian refugee families in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. This is her compelling story.
  • Returning to school in Nepal


    We follow Laxmi Giri, 16, as she returns to Shree Balephi Secondary School, as students go back to school after a five week hiatus following the earthquake that shook Nepal on 25th April. Read more...
  • Soaps and toothbrushes – no ordinary earthquake relief


    In the wake of the devestating earthquakes in Nepal, simple things like hygiene kits are making a huge difference in the lives of the people affected.
  • "It was a terrifying experience"


    UNICEF’s Kent Page describes his experiences in Kathmandu when a second earthquake hit Nepal on Tuesday, just three weeks after its biggest earthquake in 80 years. Read more...
  • Out of school after Nepal's earthquake


    More than a week after the earthquake, at least 950,000 children in Nepal, like Nashala, will not be able to return to school unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and repair damaged school buildings.
  • Beaming smiles as Central African students read messages from Australia


    Last month, we asked Australians to do something special for children affected by violence in Central African Republic. A terrible conflict had kept students out of school for far too long and they needed exercise books, pencils and other supplies to finally start learning again. Read more...
  • This is what school looks like after Cyclone Pam


    Prospects are a little brighter this month for thousands of children in Vanuatu who, armed with UNICEF supplies, have gone back to school with their friends. Read more...
  • Reaching every child: polio immunisation in Ethiopia


    With the Australian Government and the Australian community, UNICEF Australia began supporting mobile health teams in the Somali region of Ethiopia during the food crisis of 2011. We recently travelled to Jijiga and beyond, to meet some of the children and families these vital health services are still assisting.
  • Keeping kids learning, even in emergencies


    Children are going back to school in conflict zones around the world. Hear children talking about going back to school in Central African Republic, Syria, Iraq, Sierra Leonne and South Sudan. Read more...
  • Back to school in Central African Republic


    School is the only place where 7-year-old Valerie feels safe. She tells me that when she’s outside playing, she remembers the day her father was shot by a stray bullet in the street. When she’s trying to sleep at home, she has flashbacks to nights filled with the sound of gunfire. Read more...
  • "Please don't forget them"


    Tamba is just 19 months old and grappling with the unfathomable loss of his mother to Ebola. At such a vulnerable time, Tamba should be with the familiar and loving faces of his broader family but, having been exposed to the Ebola virus, he needs to stay in quarantine for 21 days. Read more...
  • Determined to learn


    Faced with the persistent threat of violence, Nailatu remains focused on her education. “I love going to school because I want to be a doctor and help women and my family,” she says. Read more...
  • South Sudan's child soldiers in their own words


    As 3,000 children are released from armed forces, five boys share their astonishing stories. Read more...
  • The loss of freedom – child soldiers in South Sudan


    The bullets were heavy. It was impossible to run. It was hard to use a gun…When the words won’t come, David*, a slim 16-year old boy, gently drums three fingers on his older brother’s knee – three taps is enough to give him the courage to keep going. His soft voice and bowed head at first disguise the horror and brutality that he has experienced as one of an estimated 12,000 children recruited by armed groups on both sides of the conflict in South Sudan since violence erupted over one year ago. Read more...
  • Building back strong after Boxing Day tsunami


    Low lying Aceh was one of the worst affected areas in what is now recognised as one of the deadliest natural disasters in the history of mankind. Trees, houses, rubble and bodies were washed away by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. Entire communities were wiped out and lives were torn apart. Read more...
  • The four things your child won't ask for this Christmas


    Every shopping mall across Australia is counting down the days until Christmas and reminding us of the items on all our Christmas to-do lists. But while we muse over last-minute gift guides and plan the grocery shop ahead of this year’ Christmas dinner let’s take stock of the things no child will want this Christmas, but thousands will get. Read more...
  • Typhoon Hagupit: From the ground


    I arrived in Manila, the Philippines, a day or two ahead of Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby). Looking out to sea from UNICEF’s office on the 30th floor of RCBC Plaza, there’s no sign yet of the typhoon. There’s even a narrow band of sunlight on the horizon. But everyone knows that it’s coming. Read more...
  • Adam Liaw: "I finally got it."


    Like so many Qantas passengers, Adam Liaw has always been happy to leave his loose change in those little UNICEF envelopes, knowing that somewhere, someday it would do some good for children. Then he travelled to Myanmar and met with kids who are safe, learning and laughing thanks to UNICEF programs. The beautiful impact of Adam's gifts struck him in a way he'll never forget.

  • Powerful photos give hope for an AIDS-free generation


    An AIDS-free generation is within reach, and it starts with children. Nonhlanhla's story will give you hope. See the powerful photos.
  • The incredible volunteers facing Ebola head on


    The Ebola virus is spreading through Liberia with frightening intensity but these three locals are facing it head on. Mariama, Simon and James work in an Ebola Treatment Unit which UNICEF helped to build and continues to supply in Monrovia, the country's capital. This is a glimpse into their extraordinary lives. Read more...
  • Small voices hold a powerful message


    Children should be able to have a voice and it should be loud enough to hear. The words of 11-year-old Lexie, of Bolwarra, are plain and powerful, yet a generation or so ago, they would have been lost in a cacophony of adult voices. Read more...
  • Adele is raising her voice for the right to play


    12-year-old Adele celebrates every child's right to play in a passionate speech at the Museum of Australian Democracy.
  • Ken Done auctions latest work for children


    UNICEF Australia National Ambassador, Ken Done, has reimagined a design icon in support of child rights. Read more...
  • One year after Typhoon Haiyan, Michael is moving on


    It has been a year since Typhoon Haiyan brought devastation to the Philippines and Michael Lerios, 14, is grateful and full of hope for a better future. Read more...
  • Thinking outside the (gift) box


    By communications intern Olivia Gao.

    With less than two months until Christmas, get a head start on that shopping list and let UNICEF Australia’s business partners help you beat the seasonal panic. Not only will you walk away with beautiful gifts, you’ll also be supporting UNICEF’s work with children across the world. Here are some of our favourites.
  • Designing for child rights


    By HY William Chan. I recently travelled to Durban, South Africa, to attend the International Union of Architects Congress with 6000 other architects, planners and students. I was invited by Global Studio to represent UNICEF Australia and provided a young person’s voice to a post-2015 action plan on how we can improve the lives of the urban poor. Read more...
  • Climb for Kids an experience I will never forget


    By Danny Della Vedova. Participating in the UNICEF Kilimanjaro Climb for Kids was one of the most rewarding and life changing experiences I have ever undertaken. Not only did I get to spend a year helping to raise awareness about the work UNICEF does around the world, but I also got to climb the world’s tallest free standing mountain. Read more...
  • Surviving Ebola: Children in their own words


    The Ebola outbreak continues to ravage Sierra Leone with 3,345 cases of the virus confirmed and half of the country's 6.34 million people living under quarantine. We asked six children about their experiences in the crisis and their hopes for the future. Read more...
  • Will Pakistan be polio’s last stand?


    Friday 24 October is World Polio Day, when the world pauses to remember the 12 million polio survivors living with polio paralysis each day, and to shine the spotlight on the global effort to eradicate polio to ensure no child is needlessly paralyzed by polio again. Read more...
  • How to talk to your kids about Ebola


    Five suggestions for parents, educators and caregivers to keep in mind when explaining the Ebola virus - to help put children at ease, to educate and even to empower.
  • The Young Ambassadors off to a flying start for 2014/15


    By communications intern Olivia Gao.

    It’s been three months since our 10 Young Ambassadors joined the UNICEF Australia team. They’ve been promoting and speaking out for the rights of children via public speaking events, student workshops, local press interviews and blog posts. Here’s an update on their work so far.
  • Orphaned by Ebola


    By Jo Dunlop. Popping his head out from behind the front door is Francis, a 13-year-old boy who welcomes me into a sparsely furnished home on the fringes of Kailahun town. The house is humble but sturdy, nestled on the side of one of the lush, gentle hills that characterize the landscape of Sierra Leone’s Eastern Province. Read more...
  • Leading organisations united against treatment of child asylum seekers


    Release children and families from immigration detention immediately - that's the unanimous call from a new alliance of leading organisations, which has also raised profound concerns about the Federal Government's plan to relocate refugees to Cambodia. Read more...
  • Tackling Ebola: voices from Sierra Leone


    Four Sierra Leone locals share a glimpse of their lives in the Ebola outbreak and their efforts to stop the disease.
  • A day in the life of a UNICEF health worker


    By communications intern Olivia Gao.

    In the hardest to reach regions of South Sudan, UNICEF has been taking health care to the children affected by the country’s food emergency. Children living away from medical and health support are being reached by UNICEF’s rapid response mobile teams who traverse great distances to try and reach every child of South Sudan. Read more...
  • Hidden in plain sight: violence against children is everywhere


    UNICEF has just released the world's largest-ever study on violence against children, and the results are shocking. We gathered the numbers from 190 countries and they reveal that violence against children isn't just happening in warzones - it's happening in our homes and schools at staggering rates.
  • What now for the children of Gaza?


    A ceasefire seems to have ended the longest, deadliest and most destructive hostilities we've seen in Gaza since it was occupied in 1967. But what comes next for the children who have lost so much? Find out in six powerful photos. Read more...
  • At this museum, kids are supposed to play up


    By UNICEF Australia young ambassador Catherine Yen.
    The Museum of Australian Democracy’s newly opened exhibit Play Up is enough to make anyone really, really excited about children’s rights. Of course, as a UNICEF Young Ambassador, I’m always excited about children’s rights- but I’m talking about a giddy, bouncy, butterflies-in-stomach thrill. Read more...
  • After Sinjar Mountain: photos of an incredible journey


    Last month, we were all shocked by the plight of Yazidi families stranded without food, water or shelter on Sinjar Mountain in Iraq. What happened next is a little known but astounding story. Read more...
  • Life on the fringes of survival


    In the field next to Nyakaka Wal's home in rural South Sudan, a grove of tall maize plants grows densely in the hot sun and frequent rainstorms, showing the promise of desperately needed food. But it is ripening too slowly for Nyakaka and her children. Harvest is still at least six weeks away. In the meantime she and her family struggle on the fringes of survival, eating only wild plants plucked from the ground, or dry-roasted cow's blood. Read more...
  • Children of Gaza in their own words


    An open-ended ceasefire has brought relative peace to Gaza but it has come at a terrible cost. After 50 days of violence, at least 491 children are dead and all others have endured a profoundly stressful experience that will surely leave its mark. Four survivors told their incredible stories to UNICEF. Read more...
  • The unbelievable challenges of being a mum in South Sudan today


    Motherhood can be challenging in the best of times and places, let alone when your community is being torn apart by civil war and massive food shortages. Meet three mothers from the town of Kiech Kon as they explain the extraordinary obstacles to raising a family in South Sudan.
  • Averting disaster in South Sudan


    By UNICEF chief of communications for Eastern and Southern Africa James Elder.

    Six months ago Nyaboy Chuol fled her village in South Sudan with her husband and two children. Like 1.5 million others, she was driven from her home by fighting, which has raged in the country since December.  Read more...
  • The joy of Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone


    By UNICEF communications specialist Jo Dunlop. West Africa is suffering the worst ever outbreak of the world’s most deadly disease – Ebola. I traveled to Kenema district last week to write about the outbreak. Nothing prepared me for what I saw and heard in one of Sierra Leone’s most brutally affected areas. Read more...
  • UNICEF's top four travel tips to avoid orphanage tourism


    WITH many school and uni-leavers starting to plan for and book a long-earned adventure experience overseas, UNICEF Australia has shared Think Child Safe's list of tips to consider to protect intrepid travellers at risk of 'orphanage tourism'. Read more...
  • There's no substitute for breastfeeding


    By communications intern Casey Cunningham.
    As World Breastfeeding Week comes to an end we are reminded how important breastfeeding truly is; it can save lives and change futures. Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth could prevent 13 per cent of all deaths in children under five in the developing world. That is more than 800,000 children every year and more than 1,500 children every day.
  • Continuing the rich history of Indigenous advocates


    As an Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman, my culture, my people and my very own identity has been impacted by a history of unfair policies and actions that violated human rights. Luckily for me and for many other young Indigenous People around this nation, we have also had a history of strong, resilient activists.
  • Looking to an AIDS-free future


    By communications intern Casey Cunningham.

    The 2014 International AIDS Society Conference for 2014 took place in Melbourne from July 20th to July 25th. Exciting breakthroughs and inspirational stories were shared throughout the conference as thousands worked towards a future without AIDS.
  • We’re not elite athletes, but every child is a champion.


    By Young Ambassador Brianna Partington.

    Sport is a vital part of every child’s development. It gives them self-confidence, courage and interpersonal skills and is an obvious highlight to their day. However, for millions of children the act of playing is not considered a necessity but a rare privilege.
  • Why I’m cycling 400km across Cambodia


    This picture is of me with my mum on the land where my grandmother was born. These two incredible women have always been my inspiration, and their loving parenting has taught me not only how to be a good mother myself but to care for children around the world and use my privileged life to make a difference to others. Read more...
  • 'No safe place' for children in Gaza


    In Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital, two five-year old children lay in bed. Noureldin and his cousin Kinan were both seriously injured by shrapnel after an airstrike flattened the family's home last week. "They are awake, but neither of them has uttered a word since the airstrike,” a grandmother says. She adds that she does not know how to tell them that their parents are dead. Read more...
  • 83 students co-wrote a story to welcome refugee children to Australia


    By Tienyi Long. Emma Crane and I were fortunate to hear the stories of refugee children in our advocacy project as UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors. The students came from a range of different backgrounds, representing almost all the continents in the world, creating a story that was rich with culture, emotion and imagination. Read more...
  • Nour: the girl who was named for the light in her eyes


    The name of this permanently cheerful Syrian girl is Nour. It’s hard to find someone in this refugee camp who doesn’t know her — she is probably the happiest child around. Nour and her family fled their home soon after the Syrian conflict erupted. She now lives in Islahiye Camp in Turkey, where she has been sharing a tent with her mother, father and brothers for more than three years.
  • See the CAR conflict through a child's eyes


    It is terrifying to see the images locked inside children's heads in Central African Republic: A pregnant woman with a gun held to her temple; a house set on fire with a toddler inside; a man with a machete standing over a body lying in a pool of blood. These scenes have all been drawn by children who attended UNICEF's Child Friendly Space in the city of Bossangoa. Read more...
  • Young Ambassadors' massive year of action for children


    In the last year, our Young Ambassadors have been busily advocating in their communities for the rights of children. Here is just a snapshot of a massive year of action for children. Read more...
  • Six reasons to take a stand against child labour


    Take a glimpse into the lives of working children ahead of World Day Against Child Labour on June 12. Read more...
  • Let's keep Australia generous


    This week, the government disappointed us all by cutting a devastating $7.6 billion from the aid budget over the next five years. Let's show the government it has our support to keep Australia generous. Add your name to our Facebook declaration. Read more...
  • #BringBackOurGirls for the sake of all girls, everywhere


    On 17 April UNICEF condemned the abduction of more than 200 girls from their boarding school in the far north of Nigeria. Three weeks later, the girls are still missing and their ordeal is the subject of global outrage – more than 1 million tweets have called to #BringBackOurGirls. Read more...
  • The 25 worst places to be an expectant mother


    Maternal and neonatal tetanus, or MNT, kills a baby every nine minutes and turns the joy of childbirth into a tragedy.  The solution is immunisation. Three vaccinations protect mothers and their unborn babies. Each vaccination costs 60c, putting the cost of a mother’s life and the life of her children at less than $2. Read more...
  • 4 Questions for Young Ambassadors


    UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors Vanessa Kutcher and Tienyi Long ask each other about the ideas and passions behind their individual projects.
  • I love South Sudan


    Without a moment to think or say goodbye, 13-year-old Nyatut fled her home in a state of panic. “We heard the shooting and my mother screamed for us to go.”
  • We are close to ending polio for all time: we cannot stop


    The world is on the brink of a historic feat for children's health: the eradication of polio. Australia must use its influence to make it happen while it is still within reach.
  • Worldwide immunisation of children — that’s music to my ears


    By Jimmy Barnes: This week is World Immunisation Week and I am joining UNICEF Australia as its National Ambassador for Immunisation in calling for a 100 per cent childhood vaccination rate to end children’s suffering. Read more...
  • 7 reasons to feel special this Mother's Day


    This year we're celebrating Mother's Day by asking mums across the country a simple question: what makes being a mum so special?
  • Boy survives being swept out to sea by Solomon Islands flood


    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.
  • 11 ways to make your workmates run for the money


    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.

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


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


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


    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.
  • Clean hands for healthy kids in the Pacific


    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.
  • Humbling generosity from Syria's neighbour


    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.
  • How cartoons are healing emotional scars


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


    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.
  • A moment's peace in Syria


    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


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


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


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


    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


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

  • Favourite videos of 2013


    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.
  • Our top three photo sets that caught our eye in 2013


    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.
  • Our favourite campaigns of 2013


    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.

  • Five Steps to Achieving Global Peace


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


    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.

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


    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


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


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


    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


    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 ...
  • UNICEF Day for Children launch at Greenway Park Primary School


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

  • To the children of Syria


    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. 
  • Food Glorious Food!


    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.


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


    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.
  • Voices of youth - snapshots on child rights


    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.


    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.


    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"


    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


    "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


    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.
  • Every child should be treated like a prince


    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


    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?


    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?
  • Sport kicks development goals for kids


    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


    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.

  • Education for all on Malala Day


    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...


    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?
  • From Little Things Big Things Grow


    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?
  • The First 28 Days – A World of Difference


    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


    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?
  • Photography workshop trains lens on lives of Indigenous young people


    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.
  • Four reasons to take another stab at the jab


    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.
  • You and me, my friend


    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


    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.
  • National Reconciliation Week and Constitutional Recognition


    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


    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


    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’.
  • Diary of a Promise Me campaigner


    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


    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.
  • Half promises, full promises


    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.

  • Including all Children


    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.
  • Slipping through the cracks


    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


    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?


    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


    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…


    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.
  • Can Money Buy Happiness?


    By Lenny, UNICEF Australia Digital Intern

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


    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.

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


    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


    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.
  • 8 Reasons to Teach Children about Child Rights


    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


    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


    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?
  • Much more than child's play -Sport for Development


    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.

  • Film review: The Impossible


    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


    By Mariah Kennedy, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

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


    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.
  • Top 5 Children’s Storybooks


    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


    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


    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.
  • The nostalgia of International Day of People with Disability


    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.
  • What a backpacker's medical kit can tell you about World AIDS Day


    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


    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?


    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


    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


    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.
  • For all children


    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


    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


    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


    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.
  • DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD: Girl Guide delivers vision for her future


    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


    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?
  • What movie "Mental" says about stereotypes


    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


    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’.
  • Food for thought


    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


    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.
  • The Secret Cave


    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


    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.
  • Keep trade to objects not children


    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?

  • Child’s Play


    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.


    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.

  • Using Sanitation to Promote Girls Rights


    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?

  • Giving all Children a Fair Go


    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


    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


    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.
  • Australia’s children’s rights report card released


    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


    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.
  • My Friend Mina


    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.
  • Dear Australia


    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.

  • An opportunity to raise hope for the Sahel


    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.
  • A call to arms


    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?
  • Celebrating Refugee Week


    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.
  • Empowering the next generation


    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.
  • From Australia to Geneva


    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


    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


    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


    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.
  • Literacy: a fundamental life-skill


    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


    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.

  • Young Australians Commit to Aid


    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


    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.
  • A single second can make a big difference


    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


    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


    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


    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?
  • Silent victims of Syrian crisis


    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.


    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


    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.
  • Small steps for child soldiers


    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


    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


    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.
  • Children in an Urban World: Reflecting on the topic of The State of the World’s Children 2012


    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


    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


    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


    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.
  • Predators invade cyberspace


    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. 

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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?
  • Through the eyes of a woman


    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


    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


    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
  • Feeling down? A story of hope to warm the cockles of your heart.


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.
  • The impact of climate change


    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.


    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


    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.
  • Work Hard, Play harder


    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


    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


    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.
  • Two visions


    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


    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


    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.

  • Ten years since Tampa


    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


    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!


    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


    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


    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?


    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


    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


    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.
  • Pakistan - Different only in the setting


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


    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?


    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


    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.
  • Why 'Go Back' is compulsory viewing


    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


    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


    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?


    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


    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.
  • Obligation or Opportunity?


    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


    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.
  • Profile of an AYAD: Working for UNICEF in Tamale, Ghana


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.
  • Close The Gap.


    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.
  • Tears and tear gas: Christmas Island


    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


    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


    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.
  • Education in Emergencies


    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


    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.
  • Primary Days


    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.


    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


    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.
  • Afghan asylum seekers to be forcibly returned home


    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


    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


    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. 
  • Christmas Island disaster tragic reminder of Rights of the Child


    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


    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.
  • A Reminder


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