Superhero ‘Cipta’ to help UNICEF end violence in schools

Rizka Raisa Fatimah Ramli, a 17-year-old student from Makassar, Indonesia, has won the UNICEF and Comics Uniting Nations’ worldwide comic contest with a character who helps keep children and young people safe from violence in and around schools. ‘Cipta’ – as the main character is called – is a make-believe superhero who gives children a sketchbook to draw objects that in turn come to life and stop violence and bullying.  “I created ‘Cipta’ to draw attention to the violence and bullying that children in Indonesia and around the world face…

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Orlando Bloom meets children working in Bangladesh slums in powerful installment of photography series

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom stars in an emotional episode of Tales by Light to highlight the plight of children living and working in slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh.   To kick off the series’ third season – which will stream globally on Netflix from 21 December – Bloom travelled with photographer Simon Lister to Bangladesh to meet some of the country’s most vulnerable children. “I met very young children scavenging on floating rubbish dumps and polishing metal bowls in extremely unsafe factories in order to survive,” said Orlando Bloom. “Not…

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Mandy Moore Partners With Whole Blends And UNICEF To Raise Funds For Children Living In Emergency Situations

More than 500 million children are living in countries affected by emergencies such as conflicts and natural disasters. They are the most vulnerable group facing the highest risk of violence, exploitation, disease and neglect. Garnier Brand Ambassador, Mandy Moore, has partnered with Whole Blends and UNICEF to raise awareness and funding to provide relief and help restore a sense of normalcy in children’s lives by lending her voice and platform to the cause. Mandy’s video detailing the cause and how people can get involved can be viewed here. There are…

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Millie Bobby ‘Blue’ leads cast of stars in new UNICEF video for World Children’s Day

Actress Millie Bobby Brown has teamed up with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Lilly Singh; singer-songwriter Dua Lipa and performance artists Blue Man Group, in a new video released by UNICEF ahead of World Children’s Day, celebrated on 20 November. The short video shows the 14-year-old star – who has symbolically changed her name to Millie Bobby ‘Blue’ to mark the occasion – overseeing a global ‘go blue’ operation. Alongside her team of young helpers, Millie calls on fellow UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and supporters to join her in…

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WaterAid/UNICEF/WSUP launch new guide to make toilets better for women and girls

The requirements of women and girls are too often ignored in the planning and design of public toilets, leaving them unable to use the toilet where and when needed.  A range of factors including menstruation, pregnancy and the menopause bring different needs and requirements for women that should be considered when designing and building public toilets. Of particular importance is access to water and soap for cleaning hands or the body and for washing out reusable sanitary products, as well as somewhere to throw away sanitary protection if needed and…

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