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  1. “SOS appeal. For god’s sake, help us to get the children out.” This desperate appeal, made by Belarusian and Ukrainian doctors, was sent by fax and received by our founder Adi Roche, in January 1991. The message was simple and to the point, begging someone—anyone—to take the children away from Chernobyl’s radioactive environment so that their bodies had some chance of recovery. Since the foundation of Chernobyl Children International we have delivered almost €107 million in medical and humanitarian aid to the Chernobyl-affected regions and 26,500 children have been brought to Ireland for much-needed recuperative holidays. Please help to continue our work by donating at http://www.chernobyl-international.com/donate
  2. Our survey for family members or carers of someone with a #LearningDisability closes tomorrow! 👪 You still have time to share your experiences and feedback about lockdown. 📝 This will inform our campaigning to bring about change. Take part here: https://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C19families
  3. "They should have been putting it in Easy Read... The letter that Boris sent to all homes in England wasn't easy to understand, I did not understand that letter. The Government need to understand they need to make reasonable adjustments, because we're all different." 👏👏👏 If you missed it this morning, you can see Mencap's Ciara Lawrence interviewed by Victoria Derbyshire on BBC News speaking about how people with a learning disability have been forgotten during the COVID-19 crisis here. 👇 https://www.bbc.co.uk/…/m00…/bbc-news-bbc-news-at-9-13072020
  4. "With more than a third of countries in Africa doubling their cases over the past month, the threat of #COVID19 overwhelming fragile health systems is escalating." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53181555?utm_campaign=covid19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=email&fbclid=IwAR2dXxbWfHu3zVLvvpIA42lD62FNmpaQnadzxBWEvO1GwLumj7SbUSCvh_E
  5. 👏🏼👏🏾 We must #UniteToFight. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria #AIDS2020Virtual
  6. Here's a fun and creative collaboration between Music Generation Limerick City and some members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra with the song Old Dan Tucker! 🪕🎶
  7. Premiering in 7 hours! ⏰⏰⏰ Music Generation's National Summer Celebration: https://youtu.be/o85HtZKrSwg Join us this evening for our first virtual end-of-term concert, a celebration to the extraordinary musical achievements of so many children, young people and musician educator teams since March 2020. We'll have representation from 13 different areas - from brass and trad to rap and rock. We can't wait to share it with you! 🤩🥳
  8. What can you do to protect the vulnerable, support those hit economically, strengthen health systems and create a more just, equal world? ✋Sign our petition and read our blog to find out about why a Global Pandemic Response Plan is needed for the whole world to be #ONEWorld. Demand Action now around #COVID19 https://bit.ly/3gJjeWr
  9. COVID-19 Diving into the data: The impact of food insecurity in Africa 9 July 2020 9:31PM UTC | By: EBBA HENNINGSSON, JORGE RIVERA JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email So far, most countries in Africa are reporting comparatively low numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a few countries accounting for most of the confirmed cases. But the impacts of food insecurity could end up being worse than the direct impacts of the health pandemic. The number of people experiencing acute food insecurity is expected to double to more than one-quarter of a billion people by end of 2020. And the World Bank estimates that between 26-39 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa could be pushed into extreme poverty due to COVID-19. We dive into the data in this visual story exploring the impacts of food insecurity on poverty rates in Africa and what governments can do to prevent a hunger pandemic. Check out the full story on Flourish.
  10. GIRLS & WOMEN Child Marriage: What You Need To Know And How You Can Help End It Every two seconds, a girl gets married. Why Global Citizens Should Care Child marriage disproportionately impacts girls, depriving them of their education, health, and safety. Join us in taking action to advance gender equality and end child marriage here. Sara Tasneem was just 15 years old when she was married off to a man 13 years older than her in a spiritual ceremony. And just a year later, at 16, she was legally wedded to him in Nevada. It took her nearly a decade to get out of a marriage she'd never agreed to in the first place, she told Global Citizen. Yet, as shocking as Tasneem's story is, it's far from uncommon. Tasneem is one of more than 250,000 children married in the United States over the past couple of decades. Globally, 650 million girls and women alive today were married before their 18th birthdays — a third even before their 15th birthdays. And, without major efforts to stop child marriage worldwide, another 150 million girls are expected to be married as children by 2030, according to UNICEF. Take Action: Download the App and Take Action to Help End Child Marriage Child marriage is the formal (or informal) marriage of a child under the age of 18 — most often the marriage of a young girl to an older boy or man. Many girls who are married off before they turn 18 or are forced into early marriages are made to leave school, depriving them of their right to education and future independence. Child brides are also more likely to experience domestic violence. Because young girls who are married off are more likely to have children while still physically immature, they are at higher risk of dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications, and their babies have a reduced chance of survival too, according to the World Health Organization. Child brides who have children may also be psychologically unprepared and ill-equipped to become mothers at such a young age. “Motherhood is hard. When [babies] get sick, you don’t know why. I don’t have experience and don’t know what to do with him, probably because of my age. I sleep very little,” a 14-year-old wife and mother told the New York Times. When a young girl is married off, she may be separated from her family and friends, and she may be transferred to her husband like a piece of property. In some places, including India, guardianship rights over her will even be transferred to her husband. In an instant, she will be expected to become a woman who keeps house and raises a family, rather than play and study like the child she is. By robbing girls of a chance to learn, grow, and fully realize their potential, child marriage systematically disempowers them. It ensures that they remain dependent on others all their lives, strips them of their agency, makes them vulnerable to abuse, and can trap them in a cycle of poverty. Related StoriesJuly 30, 2019How to Get Tickets to Global Citizen Festival 2019 in NYC Where Does Child Marriage Happen? Child marriage is still prevalent in many parts of the world, and affects girls and women from across communities. Girls from wealthy families in Bangladesh have been forced into marriages as children, Syrian refugee girls displaced by conflict have been married off before they were ready, American girls from Christian families have been victims of child marriage, and girls living in poverty in Myanmar have been married off to older men in China. However, child marriage occurs in disproportionately high numbers in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa, where 4 in 10 girls are married under the age of 18, and in South Asia, where about 30% of girls under 18 are married, have the highest levels of child marriage, according to UNICEF. Embed from Getty Images India is considered to have the most child brides of any country in the world, with more than 15 million women between the ages of 20 and 24 today who were married as children, according to UN data. Neighboring Bangladesh ranks second, with nearly 4.5 million women married as children, followed by Nigeria and Brazil, which each have more than 3 million women who were married before they turned 18. also have some of the largest number of child brides globally. In Niger, 76% of women, who were between the ages of 20 and 24 in 2018, were married before age 18. Most of their husbands are at least 10 years older than them, according to UNICEF. Approximately 68% of girls are married by age 18 in the Central African Repulic and Chad, and 59% in Bangladesh, meaning most girls in these countries will be married before they become adults. Child marriage occurs in these areas due to high levels of poverty, cultural norms, and lax, if any, laws — but it doesn’t only happen there. While many countries have 18 as the minimum marriageable age, most allow younger children to marry with parental consent, according to the World Policy Center, and at least 13 countries have exceptions to the minimum age of marriage in cases where a girl is pregnant. Embed from Getty Images Sudan remains the only country with no explicit legal minimum age of marriage. The country has the 16th-highest number of child marriages in the world, and girls are often married off when they are considered to have reached puberty, though children as young as 10 can be married with a judge's consent. Though many countries have laws setting the minimum age of marriage somewhere between 16 and 18. However, such legislation is not always enforced and frequently includes legal loopholes that allow children to be married earlier. In the US, all but two states — Delaware and New Jersey — have legal exceptions that make it possible for children younger than 18 to be married. Related StoriesMay 10, 2018Delaware Is the First State Ever to Ban Child Marriage Even when laws making marriage before the age of 18 illegal, as in the United States, child marriage still happens. But before New Jersey banned child marriage once and for all last year, the state allowed an estimated 3,481 children, mostly between the ages of 16 and 17, to married from 1995 and 2012, with the majority receiving parental consent to do so. About 163 marriages involving children between ages 13 and 15 were approved by judges. And approximately 91% of these marriages were between a child and an adult. In Bangladesh, 18 is technically the minimum age of marriage for girls (the minimum age is 21 for men). Unfortunately, the law is rarely enforced, and, in recent years, the government has considered policies that would grant exceptions for child marriage, making it legal in some cases. Learn More: The 2019 Global Citizen Festival in New York The Main Drivers of Child Marriage No matter where in the world child marriage happens, its drivers are similar — poverty, “family honor,” and conflict. But the common driver in all these contexts is gender inequality. Child marriages are symptomatic of gender-based discrimination against girls and cultural norms that value girl less than boys. In some places, child marriage is a cultural norm. In southern Ethiopia, marriage is simply considered the next phase of womanhood, following FGM and menstruation. But in many cases, the practice of child marriage arises out of social norms, cultural beliefs, and poverty. According to a Human Rights Watch report, “global data shows that girls from the poorest 20% of families are twice as likely to marry before 18 as girls whose families are among the richest 20%.” Money plays a big part in the prevalence of child marriage in much of the world. In cultures that do not see girls and women as potential wage earners, they’re may be considered a financial burden to the family. In these cases, families living in poverty who have several children may arrange a marriage for their child to reduce their economic burden: One less daughter to take care of means one less mouth to feed and one less education to pay for. Girls may also married off to offset debts or settle conflicts, effectively acting as a substitute for money. Embed from Getty Images In cultures where there is a dowry paid by the bride’s family, it may be beneficial to arrange an early marriage for a girl to negotiate a lower bride price, or to simultaneously arrange a younger daughter’s marriage together with an older daughter's — a sort of cheaper, “package deal.” An example of this occurred in Yemen: 13-year-old girl married a man twice her age, while her brother married her husband’s sister. The girl died four days later from internal bleeding likely due to sexual activity. Dowries paid by the bride’s family are not standard in all cultures; in some sub-Saharan African countries, the opposite is often true — a price is paid to the bride’s family for the girl, and a younger girl fetches a higher price. "Families are using child marriage, as an alternative, as a survival strategy [against…] food insecurity,” UNICEF's chief child protection officer in Niger has said. On top of that, families who cannot afford to feed or educate their daughters may view marriage as her next best option. Though it is frequently a key motivator, money is not the only reason for child marriages. Girls who are sexually active before marriage are considered "ruined" or "unsuitable" for marriage in some cultures, and, as a result, families marry off their young daughters to ensure they remain virgins until marriage, prevent babies out-of-wedlock, and maximize her childbearing years. In cultures where female subservience is valued, a younger girl may be seen as more ideal for marriage, because she can be more easily controlled and shaped into an obedient wife. Unfortunately, because of the cultural emphasis on virginity, child marriage is sometimes seen as a legitimate way to protect girls in unsafe environments. One mother in Bangladesh explained, “she knew it was wrong to marry [her daughter off] very early, but … marriage is seen as a cover of respect and protection by women. By not going to school, it reduces the risk of being sexually active outside the house or being harassed while commuting.” In Syria and in tightly packed refugee camps, mothers are afraid for their daughters’ safety and “respectability.” This fear has lead to an increase in the number of child marriages in Syria. Mothers are suddenly finding themselves the head of the household for the first time, fearful of impact of the ongoing conflict and the dangers they are exposed to in refugee camps, they believe that their daughters are less likely to be physically or sexually assaulted and harassed if they are married and have the protection of a man. “It was much better for her to get married, even though she was still a child, than to be raped by a soldier,” one mother said of her decision to marry her daughter off. Desperate to protect their daughters, mothers are marrying off their own daughters, hoping to give them better lives — or hoping men from the Gulf States seeking brides will pay for a young wife (the going price is reportedly between $2,800 and $14,000). Meanwhile, orphaned Syrians in Jordan’s refugee camps have also been married off by relatives, who cannot or do not want to support them. As of 2014, a third of refugee marriages in Jordan included a girl under the age of 18. Progress to Date Child marriage is slowly becoming less common around the world. Today, 1 in 5 girls was married as a child, as opposed to 1 in 3 in the 1980s. The Global Goals have set a target to end child marriage by 2030 and the UN Human Rights Council reached a consensus and adopted a resolution against child marriage. International efforts have been supported by the national efforts of countries like Burkina Faso, Nepal, and Egypt that have all developed strategies and action plans to bolster their current efforts to end child marriage. Guatemala and Chad have raised their minimum age of marriage. Embed from Getty Images Tanzania announced in 2016 that a man who marries or impregnates a girl of school-going age faces 30 years in prison. "Girls who are married off at a young age are being denied the freedom to make informed decisions later in life," said the head of the Tanzanian women's rights group TAMWA. However, Tanzania’s law exempts child marriages where parental consent was given. Gambia also enacted a strict ban on child marriage that sentences not only a man who marries a child to 20 years in prison, but also the girl’s parents. People with knowledge of the plans and marriage, but did not report the marriage, could also receive a 10-year sentence under the law. While the harsh is intended to deter parents from marrying off their daughters, advocates have also raised the question of whether or not it would be to the benefit of the children to imprison her parents. Though there has been progress there are still 22 million girls who are married right now, and more getting married every day. Ending Child Marriage Embed from Getty Images To end child marriage, individuals, lawmakers, and world leaders need to challenge norms that reinforce the idea that girls are inferior to boys, and, instead, empower girls to be their own agents of change. Providing girls with equal access to quality education and allowing them to complete their studies will enable them to support themselves and lead fulfilled, independent lives. Creating safe spaces and channels for them to speak up for what they want and speak out against harmful practices will allow their voices to be heard. Girls who are allowed to stay with their families and stay in school are able to more fully engage in society, to become financially independent, to care for their families, and themselves — and ultimately, to work toward ending poverty. And lawmakers and leaders must level the law to remove all forms of gender discrimination from legislation and ensure that girls and women are equally valued as people and protected from child marriage and other types of gender-based violence and harmful practices. The 2019 Global Citizen Festival in New York will be presented by Citi and Cisco and in association with our Production Partner, Live Nation. MSNBC, Comcast NBCUniversal, and iHeart will serve as Presenting Media Partners and will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and on iHeart Radio Stations. The Festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter, presented by Johnson & Johnson. Proud partners of the 2019 Global Citizen Festival include Global Citizen’s global health partner and major partner Johnson & Johnson, and major partners P&G, Verizon, and NYC Parks. TOPICSWomen & GirlsIndia#LevelTheLawBangladeshChild BrideSyriaNigerChild marriage2019 Global Citizen Festival
  11. By Helen Lock MARCH 25, 2020 6 HEALTH What Coronavirus Means for Europe’s Refugees and How You Can Help Refugees are particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Why Global Citizens Should Care Already living in crowded, unsanitary conditions, people in Europe's refugee camps are at particularly high risk during the coronavirus pandemic. But as the crisis rocks the world, it's vital that no one gets forgotten in the response. As part of our Together At Home campaign to stand together against coronavirus, we are calling on governments to save lives and ensure refugees are protected. Join us to take action and find out more here. While governments are telling their citizens to practice social distancing, stay indoors, and wash their hands frequently — all crucial steps to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic — many vulnerable populations will struggle to comply, especially the tens of thousands of people living in refugee camps across Europe. Living in close quarters in crowded, often unhygienic conditions, these refugees are far from being able to follow the public health advice being given. Tuitea ahora: No olvidemos a los refugiados en la lucha contra el coronavirus: pídele a los líderes que actúen 6183 / 20.000 acciones realizadas TOMA ACCIÓN Más información It’s a situation that NGOs and aid workers are extremely concerned about. With the first case of COVID-19 confirmed earlier this month in a refugee camp on Lesbos, the Greek island that houses thousands of refugees arriving in Europe, fears have risen that an outbreak could spread in the camps. With attention everywhere focused on combating the spread of disease, and the number of volunteers able to help in camps dropping, organizations working with refugees such as Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF / Doctors Without Borders) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warn that refugees are at risk of being forgotten, and action needs to be taken to mitigate a looming humanitarian disaster. Embed from Getty Images On Tuesday, the European parliament’s committee for civil liberties, justice, and home affairs called for the evacuation of the 42,000 people on Lesbos and the four other Aegean islands that house refugees, the Guardian reported. All the facilities on these islands are reportedly running six times over capacity. The need to evacuate was described as an “urgent preventative measure… to prevent many deaths,” by the committee in its statement. The call is supported by many citizens across Europe, many of whom have left candles in their windows to show they are thinking of refugees and to show solidarity. Chloe Haralambous is an activist who has spent the past five years working with organizations that rescue and support refugees crossing into Italy and Greece. She's helped to coordinate the action and has also launched a petition calling on leaders to act, which has received over 200,000 signatures already. You can join the action by signing the #LeaveNoOneBehind petition through our Together At Home campaign against COVID-19 here. Haralambous told Global Citizen that on the island of Lesbos, in Greece, the situation has already reached a crisis point and the attitude of locals towards refugees is becoming frayed. “There are now 20,000 refugees who are now in a facility that's built for only 3,000 people," she said. Embed from Getty Images “Obviously people in the camp can’t practice social distancing,” she added. "They also can’t wash hands for 20 seconds regularly, let alone even keep clean. No one has been properly dry for ages, because they live in tents that have sunk into the margin and there’s one water tap for 1,300 people to use, no one has showered for months.” Haralambous says a big part of the concern is not just how quickly the disease could spread, but that the local health systems on the islands will not be able to cope. "The rest of population on Lesbos is elderly and therefore also high risk, but there are only six ventilators. So far they’ve locked down the camps, so people can’t get in or out, and they’ve locked down the rest of the island, because there won't be much they can do if it does spread." Related StoriesMarch 20, 20209 Reliable Resources for Information About Coronavirus You can join the movement to help protect refugees in Europe by taking action through our Together At Home campaign against COVID-19 coronavirus. We're calling on the European Commission and EU governments to ensure steps are taken like evacuating refugee camps and providing safe accommodation for migrants; providing access to medical care for the homeless, refugees, and everyone; providing humantarian and financial support for areas most affected, particularly Greece; and more. You can find out more about Together At Home and start taking action here, and you can see all of Global Citizen's COVID-19 coverage here. Related Stories 'Periods Don't Stop for Pandemics,' Says Menstrual Equity Activist Amid COVID-19 Outbreak Coronavirus Myths: 12 Facts Every Global Citizen Should Know Watch! Chris Martin Performs Virtual Concert to Call for Action on Coronavirus TOPICSUKFranceEuropean UnionEURefugeesMigrantsGreeceLesbosCoronavirusCOVID-19
  12. It was so lovely to see the residents of Vesnova present at the 'Blessing of the Dome' ceremony which recently took place for a newly built chapel which is situated on the grounds of the institution. The chapel is set to be named Saint Patrick's Chapel and shows the deep respect that these children and young adults have for both CCI and for the Irish community who have taken them to their hearts. It is especially touching for us to see these children and young adults being embraced by their local community and to see them integrating fully into nearby society. Go gcuire Dia an t-ádh oraibh!
  13. There are so many things that so many of us take for granted in every day life but for some children like Anya Zakharkina something as simple as sitting up is a challenge. Anya has worked hard under the instruction of Chernobyl Children International's physiotherapist, Sasha, to learn how to sit up by herself without any help from her Mama and Papa. Her parents continue to teach and encourage her and we are all so proud of her incredible accomplishment. Well done Anya - you wonderful little girl! The sky is the limit for you now. https://www.chernobyl-international.com/programmes/
  14. 38 antibacterial masks and 31 thousand pairs of disposable gloves were issued to nine institutions for children with disabilities today. We are also collaboratively rolling out a psychosocial programme in these institutions for those affected by the Covid Crisis. This purchase was organized by UNICEF in Belarus with financial support from Chernobyl Children International.
  15. The hope of the ones who are drowning is in the hands of those who are not drowning,”says Luda as looks at her daughter, Nastya.Nastya is 15 years old. She lives in a two room apartment in Gomel, Belarus with her mother, her father, and her ailing elderly grandfather. She has hydrocephalus, and epilepsy, and is intellectually disabled due to brain damage. She is part of Chernobyl Children International’s Community Care Programme. “Nastya was born healthy, but when she stopped developing, we took her to the hospital for a CT scan. That’s when we found out she was hydrocephalic. She’s had to stay lying down since she was 7. Every half an hour, I have to connect her to a machine to suction out her lungs.” “Chernobyl Children International sends a nurse to help me. You see, I have to care for my elderly father too. We are like a little hospice!” We are having a hard time making ends meet. We get to go out alone, maybe, every 6 months. Not even that. We don’t know what a vacation is, what leaving the city is.” “I didn’t expect our lives to turn out this way, but we try to stay positive and do what we can to get by. It’s worth it really, to have Nastya home with us. At least we are all together. But I keep looking at photos of when she was well, and thinking about what might have been.”
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