Editorial from Director Alberto Minujin

Poverty and Inequality

Dear Friends,

At Equity for Children, we are continuing year 2011 by examining the broad themes of Equity and Equality through reports, publications, the latest research and up-to-date data. In addition, we are excited to bring you more videos, documentaries and interviews varying from secondary school students from the Bronx discussing their views on the Convention on the Rights of the Child to interviews with experts and professionals working in the field of child rights, child protection and social policy.

We are excited to explore the issues around equity and equality, poverty and marginalization, and be a part of the large group of individuals and institutions who choose to continue searching for a solution to one of the biggest challenges of our time – rampant inequality, that not only plagues poor countries but is becoming a growing social issue and policy challenge in middle income countries and high income countries as well.

This month we are featuring several new and older articles, all relevant to our theme of Equity and all contributing valuable insight and information to the discussion. We are happy to feature the latest flagship report from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Combating Poverty and Inequality. The report represents a major research initiative, which was launched in September 2010, aiming to contribute to debates on new policy approaches to poverty-reduction within the context of a post-MDG framework.

In addition, we are also featuring an article by myself, Jan Vandemoortele and Enrique Delamonica, titled Economic Growth, Poverty and Children, as well as Monitoring Health Equity in the MDG’s: A Practical Guide, produced by UNICEF and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network.

It is also very important for us to continue to promote the right of all children to voice their opinion in matters concerning them. This month we are showing a short documentary, “Speaking Out”, in which 8th graders from a secondary school in the Bronx, New York, discuss their thoughts and opinions about the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They also voice their concerns about their own home country being one of the two UN member countries that have not yet ratified the Convention.

We look forward to an exciting spring at Equity for Children, and we hope you will continue enjoying our posts, articles and videos. As always, we welcome your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

Sincerely,

Alberto Minujin

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