Fundraising for Unicef and raising awareness about the causes and efforts that Unicef supports internationally.
Unicef UK was founded in 1946, and was created by the United Nations to advocate and stand up for children rights in more than 150 countries around the world. The charity has a broad spectrum of areas that it covers including protecting children from violence, abuse, exploitation, addressing development problems including nutrition, sanitation and healthcare, and supporting education programmes to encourage good and equal education for girls and boys.
St Andrews Unicef on Campus is dedicated to fundraising for Unicef UK and advocating for the rights of children. We are one of the most active and social charitable societies, with a clear objective for students with a common charitable interest to come together.
There might be uncertainty surrounding the next academic year; however, we are certain that the effects of Covid on children, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen will bring students in St Andrews closer together, and increase their desire to learn more about global issues. In light of this, we have an exciting year planned, and we are confident it will create an inclusive and welcoming society in St Andrews.
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Save the Children has estimated that the economic results of the Covid-19 pandemic have caused at least 500,000 more girls to be forced into child marriage in 2020. This surge in child rates will likely go hand in hand with an increase in teenage pregnancies and school dropouts. The pandemic has pushed many families into a state of poverty, and young girls are forced to work to support their family and drop out of school.
Yemen has been home to a devastating, protracted conflict since it was swept up in political uprisings as part of the Arab Spring in 2011. The country has been torn apart by violence, particularly since the start of the Civil War in 2014 which is ongoing today. There are over 30 fronts across Yemen and fighting is carried out by various armed domestic groups, as well as there being significant involvement by regional powers, particularly the Saudi-led coalition.
In lieu of free school meals, parents have been sent food parcels for their children as a result of nationwide school closures. These parcels were said to be worth £30 and are meant to last for 10 days, but parents have taken to Twitter to express their frustrations at the woeful packages they have received. The amount of food and its quality are clearly lacking, which raises the issue of how much the government cares about keeping less-wealthy children fed and healthy.
It seems that there is at least one commonality that crosses traditional socio-economic barriers and unifies many children in Vietnam. Domestic and sexual violence towards children is often indiscriminate and blatantly ignored in communities, because of normalisation of harsh domestic discipline and the secrecy associated with sexual abuse.
When President Duterte assumed the office of President of the Philippines in June 2016, he proclaimed an anti-drug policy, often coined as “The Philippine drug war”. This policy is aimed at “the neutralization of illegal drug personalities nationwide.” Not only has this caused multiple violations of human rights and widespread policy brutality, but this has also had a severe impact on the lives and rights of children.