Thursday, December 14, 2006

State of the World's Children

UNICEF has released the 2007 edition of the State of the World's Children. There are a number of ways to access this report: PDF, HTML and if you want to read the summary it is also available in PDF.

This report provides statistics on education, literacy, disease, economic indicators, pregnancy, and other factors affecting children. It also discusses in detail issues in equality. The key message of this year's report is on gender equality. The report states "Gender equality produces a double dividend: It benefits both women and children. Healthy, educated and empowered women have healthy, educated and confident daughters and sons. Gender equality will not only empower women to overcome poverty and live full and productive lives, but will better the lives of children, families and countries as well."

Some of the features of the report from the html version are:
  • Customizable Statistical Tables these tables allow you to compare countries or regions side by side using economic and social data.
  • Regional Reports UNICEF has also released regional reports on Latin America and South Asia, a report on the Middle East and South Africa is forthcoming.
  • Profiles There are individual profiles of women on a variety of issues from household equality to political equality.
  • Youth Centre This section links to photos of women and children, a gender equality quiz, an interactive web site for youth, and a profile of Kiriam a girl who was taken by a child collector.

Want to check out the older copies of this book? Some are available online and additional copies are available in print in the library, view the library record. Browse through Chinook, the library catalog, for publications from UNICEF.

Want additional resources on children? Check out the library's subject guide.

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