Wednesday, 01 March 2023 20:15

Governments urged to strengthen child social protection

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UNICEF are providing support for vulnerable children in Gujarat, India.

The number of children worldwide without access to social protection continues to rise, putting them at risk of poverty, hunger and discrimination, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report published on Wednesday.

Between 2016 and 2020, an additional 50 million boys and girls aged 15 and under missed out on child benefits, driving up the total to 1.46 billion globally.

Increased risk of hardship

Child and family benefit coverage rates either fell or stagnated in every region of the world during this period, according to the report.

⚠️ 1.8 billion children are living without social protection.

This violates children’s rights and prevents them from fulfilling their potential.

Children cannot wait any longer. They need social protection now❗

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