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More than a third of the population in Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Latvia and Hungary are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, according to a new report. In half of the EU’s 28 member states, at least one in three children live in poverty.
The report, Poverty and Inequalities on the Rise – Just social systems needed as the solution!, was published on Thursday February 19th 2015 by Caritas Europa, an umbrella organisation which fights poverty and social exclusion.
It found disturbing levels of deprivation in the seven EU countries worst hit by the economic crisis: Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain.
According to the report, almost half of Bulgarians (48%) and more than 40% of Romanians are currently at risk of poverty.
In fourteen out of the EU’s 28 member states, one in three children are considered to be living in poverty.
The Caritas figures are broadly confirmed by the EU’s official statistical agency, Eurostat, which ascertained that one in four citizens were at risk of poverty and social exclusion in 2013.
– Global number of children in child labour has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work (down from 171 million in 2000).
– Asia and the Pacific still has the largest numbers (almost 78 million or 9.3% of child population), but Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region with the highest incidence of child labour (59 million, over 21%).
– There are 13 million (8.8%) of children in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the Middle East and North Africa there are 9.2 million (8.4%).
– Agriculture remains by far the most important sector where child labourers can be found (98 million, or 59%), but the problems are not negligible in services (54 million) and industry (12 million) – mostly in the informal economy.
– Child labour among girls fell by 40% since 2000, compared to 25% for boys.
Alfie Patten, who was only 12 when the baby was conceived with his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman, 15, was pictured on the front of Friday’s tabloid Sun newspaper with his daughter, Maisie Roxanne, after her birth Monday. He told the newspaper that he thought “it would be good to have a baby.” “I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10. When my mum found out I thought I was going to get in trouble. We wanted to have the baby but were worried about how people would react. I didn’t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it.”
Chantelle, meanwhile, said: “I’m tired after the birth. I was nervous after going into labour but otherwise I was quite excited.” Former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith, who runs the Centre for Social Justice think tank, told the British Press Association the birth highlighted another case of “broken Britain” where “anything goes.” “It’s not being accusative; it’s about pointing out the complete collapse in some parts of society of any sense of what’s right and wrong.
Perhaps I sound provocative and cynic but is it the first time something like that happens or the last? Isn’t it that because of the newspaper, a UK very popular tabloid the whole issue became a big thing to drive a lot of people in UK to blame the labour party for losing morals?
Let My Children Go: World Efforts to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour June 12 is World Day Against Child Labour. It marks the arrival of hundreds of children in Geneva, part of the Global March against Child Labour that had crossed 100 countries to present their plight to the International Labour Organization.
Japan’s environmental worries
I cannot understand it when countries like Japan seriously announce that they are going to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 to 80% but all that by the year 2050! This is two generations from now and I presume my grandkids will be adults.
An Ethiopian Strongman Meets The Minnnesota Anuak
The burning question in the days before the tense meeting held here last Saturday was: How would the traumatized survivors of an accused mass killer greet the very person who had planned their doom?
Medien in der Friedensbildung und Konfliktvermeidung Bericht über Global Media Forum
Was können Medien und Journalisten tun, um Friedensbildung weltweit zu unterstützen? Die Deutsche Welle lud zu dieser Frage zu einem weiteren “Global Media Forum” ein, und fast 900 internationale Medienschaffende…
Won’t somebody think of the children!? I was a little bemused about International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, especially since this issue should have been included on June 1st’s International Children’s Day, but you can never have enough attention for this issue.
Queen of the Waves
This week’s visit by the Queen to bade farewell to the QE2 before she sails off to Dubai and her final resting place hit home as I thought, “Hang-on a minute she was only launched yesterday!”
With her fair skin, rosy cheeks and silky, straw colored hair Ann Murphy embodies a true Irish rose. But don’t be fooled by her delicate beauty: behind those baby blues is a sharp wit that has been honed by decades of hard intellectual work.
URCE urges UN to secure release of Suu Kyi
The secretary general of the Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe(URCE), Hamdan Mg Kyaw Naing has urged the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take personal initiative to secure release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San
Children in post-conflict areas are being abused by the very people drafted into such zones to help look after them, says Save the Children. After research in Ivory Coast, southern Sudan and Haiti, the charity proposed an international watchdog be set up.
Save the Children said it had sacked three workers for breaching its codes, and called on others to do the same. The three men were all dismissed in the past year for having had sex with girls aged 17 – which the charity said was a sackable offence even though not illegal.
The UN has said it welcomes the charity’s report, which it will study closely. Save the Children says the most shocking aspect of child sex abuse is that most of it goes unreported and unpunished, with children too scared to speak out.
There is only one word for that …shame!!!