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Worldwide, racism and discrimination against children are pervasive, according to UNICEF

Worldwide, racism and discrimination against children are pervasive, according to UNICEF

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Sunday, November 20, 2022
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • It draws attention to significant gaps between minority and ethnic groups.

  • The study demonstrates that reading proficiency is much lower in children from marginalized racial, linguistic, and religious groups in the 22 low- and middle-income nations that were studied.

  • Recurring patterns report emphasizes how discrimination and exclusion have long persisted for millions of children from ethnic and minority groups, including access to immunization, water and sanitation services, and a fair justice system.

  • While COVID-19 exposed serious injustices and discrimination around the world, the effects of climate change and conflict continue to reveal inequities in many countries.

  • This is true both on World Children’s Day and every day. “

The study looks at how discrimination affects children and shows how it affects their health, education, ability to have their births registered, and access to a fair and just legal system.

It draws attention to significant gaps between minority and ethnic groups.

A lifelong suffering

Catherine Russell, the head of UNICEF, said that “systemic racism and discrimination put children at risk of suffering and being left out for a lifetime.” This harms all of us. The most reliable approach to creating a more tranquil, wealthy, and just world for everyone is to protect the rights of every kid, regardless of who they are or where they are from.

The study demonstrates that reading proficiency is much lower in children from marginalized racial, linguistic, and religious groups in the 22 low- and middle-income nations that were studied.

Running late

Students from the most advantaged group, aged seven to 14, are often more than twice as likely to possess foundational reading skills than students from the least advantaged group.

A review of data on how many babies are registered at birth, which is needed to get basic rights, showed that there were big differences between children from different religious and racial groups.

For instance, in the Lao PDR, 80% of the Lao-Tai ethnic group and 59% of the minority Mon-Khmer ethnic group have birth records for children under five.

Discrimination and exclusion make poverty and lack of resources last for more than one generation. They also hurt children’s health, nutrition, and education. They also make it more likely that someone will go to jail, cause more teens to get pregnant, and hurt adults’ chances of getting a job and making money.

Girls from an indigenous community read outdoors at Ban Pho Primary School in Bac Han District in remote Lao Cai Province, Viet Nam.
UNICEF/UNI10236/Estey

Girls from an indigenous group in the area read outside at Ban Pho Primary School in northern Vietnam’s remote Lao Cai Province.

Recurring pattern

The report talks about how discrimination and exclusion have been going on for a long time for millions of children from ethnic and minority groups, especially when it comes to getting immunizations, clean water and toilets, and a fair justice system. COVID-19 brought to light serious injustices and discrimination around the world, but the effects of climate change and war continue to show that many countries are not equal.

Every child has the right to be included, to be safeguarded, and to have an equal opportunity to realize their full potential, said Catherine Russell. This is true both on World Children’s Day and every day. “We all have the ability to combat discrimination against children in our nations, towns, schools, homes, and even inside our own hearts.” We must make use of that ability. girls, and lower adult employment and income rates.

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