As the year comes to an end, we would like to take the chance to thank you for following and supporting Equity for Children this year. It was a busy and successful one and we want to share some of the highlights with you:
- We completed our “Approaches to Equity Study” and will release the final report in early 2015. The study increased in scope and reach. We shared our insights at several U.N. events discussing the framework of the Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Discrimination was identified by all participants of the study as one of the most important root causes of inequity. We want to share with you an interview on racial discrimination in the U.S. conducted in the context of this research.
- In collaboration with the Corona Foundation and the “Como Vamos Bogota” project, we established a project focusing on intra urban inequities in the first years of childhood. We developed participatory monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to increase the impact of governmental programs and policies and also as a tool for social accountability in the city of Bogota. We are very excited to announce that we have expanded this work to four other large cities in Colombia. In 2015 we will monitor inequities among older age groups and promote this model in other Latin American countries.
- In partnership with the National University of 3 de Febrero – Argentina, UNTREF, ARCOR Foundation and UNICEF we organized panel discussions and a Colloquium on Child Care and Public Policy . The colloquium examined and debated the challenges facing urban policy development in ameliorating poverty and other inequities suffered by children. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with UNTREF for many years to come.
- We hosted the 4th round launch of the Young Lives Study by Oxford University in the Americas in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The debate on how to use this evidence to strengthen children’s well-being was discussed by UNICEF and UNDP representatives along with Equity for Children staffers. Included also is a new voice—Rosa Gil, president of Comunilife one of NYC’s largest and best-respected community-based health and housing service providers.
We wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year and please know that we are very grateful to consider you part of our Equity for Children family!
The Equity for Children Team