The Burden of Children
Today is considered Children’s Day in
I wish I did not have to be this pessimistic. I know that there are amazing individuals in this world— in
I was just reading a rather comprehensive report published by UNICEF called, “The State of The World’s Children 2007: Women and Children, The Double Divided of Gender Equality”*. This year, UNICEF’s report focuses on the intertwined nature of gender equality and children’s condition. The report states, “Gender equality will not only empower women to overcome poverty, but will also assist their children, families, communities and countries as well. When seen in this light, gender equality is not only morally right—it is pivotal to human progress” (p1). This report explains the nature of the three essential arenas that shape the lives of women. These three arenas that must be enhanced are: the household, the workplace and the political sphere. The trouble is that in many countries that do not respect women’s rights, children are also to face inequalities.
For example, a women’s empowerment in the structure of the household— domestically and financially— increases the likelihood of children attending school (especially girls) and of growing up as emotionally and physically healthier kids. In many developing countries girls are more likely than boys to miss out on a secondary education. According to the report published by UNICEF, only 35% of females and 40% of males get to have secondary education in Eastern and
The aforementioned data was only a small portion of children’s situation. It could get even more depressing, once you take a look at data that demonstrates children’s health situation and the rate of children’s deaths caused by HIV and other diseases.
Although I think the indescribable condition of many children in this world remains the human race’s shame, let us not get too disheartened by these realities. Let us remain optimistic and promise ourselves to try and make a difference, however small, in at least one child’s life during our lifetime. Let us not forget the children of this hectic planet. We are all responsible for these children! Happy Children’s Day!