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KidsRights' Research & Reports

Each winner of the International Children's Peace Prize is dedicated to a specific child rights theme. KidsRights conducts research on these themes to provide background to our work and that of the winners. The research is published in our KidsRights Reports. 

The reports have been conducted in collaboration with Leiden University and NautaDutilh. Governments, aid organizations and children, such as The KidsRights Youngsters, use the research reports in their work.

The KidsRights Index is the first and only ranking that annually measures how children's rights are respected worldwide and to what extent countries are committed to improving the rights of children. This Index shows how countries score on children's rights worldwide . The KidsRights Index is designed in collaboration with the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The KidsRights Index shows that countries are failing international agreements on children’s rights. Vulnerable and marginalized children, including refugee children, migrant children, disabled children, street children and indigenous children, are still widely discriminated against. Countries should do more to protect these children. Moreover, countries should do more to make sure that children are being heard, have a say in issues that affect them directly and can take action themselves. 


KidsRights Index 2018: insufficient budget for children’s rights

KidsRights, the international children’s rights foundation, published the KidsRights Index 2018, which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. The Index shows that countries worldwide should do more to create an adequate ‘Enabling Environment’ for practically implementing children’s rights.

Not a Battleground: School Shootings and the Right to a Safe and Protective Environment

School must be a safe haven for children, and too often it is not. School shootings have become disturbingly commonplace even in communities far from war. Without a sound understanding of the circumstances under which school shootings take place, it is difficult to make evidence-based decisions about how to prevent them. We therefore call for data collection at national level, as well as research and funding to develop interventions to prevent violence in schools. 


A Toolkit To Embed Child Participation in Community Development

It is important for community development to be carried out by the people, not only for them. Some even argue that development, in fact is participation. This research presents a model to learn the Best Practices of Child Participation in Bal Mitra Gram. it is presented by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, with support from KidsRights.

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A Crisis within a Crisis: Access to Education for Syrian Refugee Children

Education is instrumental in the development of children and it provides a protective and stable environment for children living in crisis areas. However, at least 530.000 Syrian refugee children living in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon are out of school. In the report, KidsRights urges the international community to take action.


Cleaning Up the Mess: Children's Rights and Environmental Protection

More than three million children under the age of five die every year from environment-related diseases and many more suffer from environmental issues. The protection of the environment and the protection of children should be integrated. Children have a major role to play in this and must be taken seriously. 

The Silent Majority: Justice for child victims of violence, with a focus on Liberia.

Children worldwide become victims of forms of violence far too often. In Liberia violence against children is an everyday reality. Existing laws are often not reflected in real life as such. Justice remains out of reach for most children who are victims of violence, because they have no means to report the violence. 


No Place To Hide: Physical Child Abuse in a global context, with a focus on Moldova

Globally, 1 in 4 children are victims of serious and repeated physical violence. Often they are victims by their own parents and in their own home. In Moldova nearly half of all children are dealing with child abuse. The government should do more to protect children, prevent child abuse and help victims of child abuse.

No Small Sacrifice: Child Sacrifice in Uganda, in a global context of cultural violence

Child sacrifice is a harmful practice in which body parts, blood or tissue are removed from a living child to gain wealth or prosperity. Most cases of child sacrifice are not reported and reliable data is lacking. Uganda should do more to know the magnitude of the problem and help victims of child sacrifice.


Innocence Lost: Child Marriage in a global context, with a focus on Malawi

Every year, millions of girls worldwide are married under the age of 18. Child marriage is more frequent among poor girls who have had little education and live in rural areas. It poses a threat to the development of the girl and her children. In Malawi child marriages are common.

Child Participation: From Rights to Reality

Children have the right to participate, to be heard and the right to access information. Child participation is not only beneficial for children themselves, but also for the whole society. Child participation leads to better outcomes in most situations and contributes to social involvement and active citizenship.

Access Denied: Girls' Equal Right to Education in a global context, with a focus on Pakistan

All children have the right to education. Unfortunately, there are millions of girls worldwide that are still out of school, primarily because of prevailing cultural ideas, cost of education and unsafety. Pakistan has the highest percentage worldwide of children not going to school. The biggest problem is to make education available in conflict areas.


Behind Closed Doors: Child Domestic Labour, with a focus on the Kamlari system in Nepal

Worldwide, millions of children are working in homes of wealthy people, unprotected from exploitation. In Nepal Kamlari girls must perform domestic child labor as compensation for a family loan. Officially this practice is illegal, but there are still thousands of girls tied to their employers in this way, without being able to leave.

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Minors Not Miners: Hazardous Child Labour, with a focus on gold mining in Burkina Faso

Small-scale mining is one of the worst forms of child labor, because of the risk of death, injury and health problems. Still, there are approximately one million children in mining. The gold mines in Burkina Faso employ thousands of children. Because of the use of mercury in gold mining, the children face great risks.

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Not So Sweet: Hazardous Child Labour, with a focus on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast

Worldwide, 168 million children are victims of child labor and most of them work in hazardous conditions, mostly in agriculture. The Ivory Coast is the largest cocoa producer in the world. Hundreds of thousands of children are working in the cocoa production, often recruited from neighboring countries.

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Street Children Have Rights Too! Problems faced by street children globally and in the Philippines

KidsRights, the international children’s rights foundation, published the KidsRights Index 2018, which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. The Index shows that countries worldwide should do more for practically implementing children’s rights.

Street children

The Widening Educational Gap for Syrian Refugee Children

This report analyses the different barriers for Syrian refugee children to access primary and secondary education in neighboring countries. A shocking 43% of all Syrian school-aged refugee children in the region have no access to education. This research for the first time transcends local and per-state studies and offers overarching regional conclusions about the worsening educational situation for Syrian refugee children.


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