Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Celebrating 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Brazil dengue project: portrait of a young girl
WHO/TDR /Julio Takayama

On 20 November 1989, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a landmark – the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention recognises that children are human beings and more than just ‘passive objects of care and charity’ who are entitled to the enjoyment of a distinct set of rights in accordance with their specific needs. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely and rapidly adopted international treaty of all time, with more than 190 member states having ratified it.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November 2014 -- WHO joins organizations and individuals worldwide in observing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, an annual event to raise awareness and accelerate progress towards ending the global scourge of violence against women and girls.

Estimates suggest that one in three women globally have experienced either physical or sexual violence from a partner, or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives, and that levels of violence against women and girls remain extremely high.

Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence

International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, highlights the tremendous challenges many girls face that prevent them from achieving their full potential. This year's theme focusses on one of the major challenges: violence against girls – a universal phenomenon that persists in all corners of the globe, jeopardizing the human rights, health and well-being of too many young lives.

Child mortality rates falling faster than ever

An infant holding the hand of an adult.
UNICEF/Schermbrucker

16 September 2014 -- New data released show that under 5 mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. But overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under 5 mortality by 2015. The latest release of "Levels and trends in child mortality" shows that in 2013, 2.8 million babies died within the first month of life, which represents about 44% of all under 5 deaths.

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