Founded in 2006 by Professor Alberto Minujin, Equity for Children is part of the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGPIA) at The New School.
We focus on “translating” academic knowledge into useful tools for all those who work in the defense and promotion of child and adolescent rights: students, professionals, government and non-profit practitioners, political decision-makers and members of the media, among other target audiences.
Equity for Children strives to develop processes that improve child well-being through the creation and dissemination of original research; seminars and in-person meetings for stakeholders to discuss cutting edge issues and concepts, and take action to reduce inequality; and through advocacy with decision-makers and policymakers.
We aim to promote innovative political actions and to build effective solutions that guarantee the well-being and the rights of children and teenagers.
Our online platforms in English, Portuguese and Spanish, establish various communication streams to develop virtual meet-ups, and to disseminate academic publications, technical reports, best practices and analyses related to child well-being.
Children account for more than a third of the world’s total population, and almost half of the population in the least developed countries. In developing countries, the majority of the poor are children. Many of them die very early due to preventable and curable diseases. Among these, malnutrition, which leaves a permanent mark in a child’s ability to lead a fulfilled life. Many children are victims of violence. Others are orphaned due to AIDS or are exploited and sexually abused.
They have no way to protect and exercise their basic human rights. Thousands of them are left without education, hungry and living in the streets. They are forced to work, often in exploitative and unhealthy conditions. They do not have access to health or sanitary services.
This raises serious questions:
To address these questions, Equity for Children fosters critical discussions and the exchange of good practices and knowledge. One of our main objectives is to improve academic and public understanding of political and economic change processes currently underway globally.
Foster discussions on innovative topics, virtually or in person at our events, among experts, practitioners and youth about issues related to child rights and well-being
Develop regional networks to disseminate knowledge and practical experiences related to these questions
Share publications and good practices to add to academic curricula and research globally
Partner with local organizations to promote and advocate for the rights of children and adolescents all over the world