Know : The State of the World’s Children 2013

Reports such as this typically begin with a statistic designed to highlight a problem. The girls and boys to whom this edition of The State of the World’s Children is dedicated are not problems. Rather, each is a sister, brother or friend who has a favourite dish, song or game; a daughter or son with dreams and the desire to fulfil them; a child with a disability who has the same rights as any other girl or boy. 

This is the Summary of the complete report…

Unicef reportGiven opportunities to flourish as others might, children with disabilities have the potential to lead fulfilling lives and to contribute to the social, cultural and economic vitality of their communities – as the personal essays in this volume attest.

Yet surviving and thriving can be especially difficult for children with disabilities. They are at greater risk of being poor than peers without disabilities. Even where children share the same disadvantages – of poverty or membership in a minority group, say – children with disabilities confront additional challenges as a result of their impairments and the many barriers that society throws in their way. Children living in poverty are among the least likely to enjoy the benefits of education and health care, for example, but children who live in poverty and have a disability are even less likely to attend their local school or clinic. 

In many countries, responses to the situation of children with disabilities are largely limited to institutionalization, abandonment or neglect. These responses are the problem, and they are rooted in negative or paternalistic assumptions of incapacity, dependency and difference that are perpetuated by ignorance. Unless this changes, children with disabilities will continue to have their rights neglected; to experience discrimination, violence and abuse; to have their opportunities restricted; to be excluded from society. What is needed is a commitment to these children’s rights and their futures, giving priority to the most disadvantaged – as a matter of equity and for the benefit of all…

Click here to download the complete report from UNICEF (4.2 MB)

Courtesy : UNICEF, Scribd


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