News by topic: Women, Children, Population


Lake Chad Basin: UNICEF warns 5.6 million children at risk of waterborne diseases in rainy season

23 June – More than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoeal infections, as the rainy season begins in conflict-affected areas of countries around Lake Chad, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.


On International Day, UN says widows' rights to independent life, livelihood after loss must be ensured

23 June – Whether they are single, married, separated or widowed, women must be able to enjoy the inviolable right that they are not dependent on anyone, the United Nations has said, marking International Widow's Day.


Food insecurity threatens children in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia – UNICEF

23 June – Calling for immediate humanitarian action amid rising malnutrition, thirst and disease, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that millions of lives are at risk in four countries stretching from Africa to the Middle East.


Iraq's children caught in cycle of violence and poverty as conflict escalates, UNICEF warns

22 June – The past three years of intensifying conflict in Iraq have left the country's children trapped in a grinding cycle of violence and poverty, an assessment out today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling on the warring parties to immediately end hostilities.


Ukraine: 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns UN

16 June – With the recent escalation of hostilities damaging vital water infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, at least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.


Ahead of Father's Day, UNICEF cites critical role fathers play in early childhood learning

16 June – A majority of children aged between three- and four-years-old in 74 countries, or about 40 million, have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new study released today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).


On World Day Against Child Labour, UN urges protection for children in conflicts and disasters

12 June – Children in areas affected by conflict and disasters are among the most vulnerable, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) in warning on the World Day Against Child Labour, making a strong call for an end to the scourge, especially as children trapped in crisis risk falling prey to trafficking or being forced into hazardous work.


Syria: UNICEF warns 40,000 children in the line of fire in Raqqa

9 June – An estimated 40,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Raqqa as fighting intensifies in and around the Syrian city, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning that “many are caught in the crossfire.”


Super Dads: New UNICEF campaign spotlights fathers' critical role in children's early development

6 June – As more than 90 countries prepare to mark Father's Day later this month, prominent figures in sports and entertainment have joined 'Super Dads,' a campaign launched today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) that celebrates a father's essential role in a child's early cognitive development.


Iraq: Lives of 100,000 children ‘on the line’ as fighting continues in west Mosul

5 June – Some 100,000 children remain in extremely dangerous conditions in western sections of Iraq’s Mosul city as fighting between Government and terrorist forces continues, the United Nations children’s agency today reported, warning that “children’s lives are on the line.”