The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


Area of focus: Children

The NGO Committee on UNICEF
The year 2007 marked the mid decade point for the Plan of Action of “A World Fit for Children.”

View the Committee page here.

⇒Statement of the NGO Committee on UNICEF: World Fit for Children (+5)

The UN/NGO Committee on UNICEF: Working Group on Girls, NY
The Working Group on Girls (WGG) of the NGO Committee on UNICEF and its International Network for Girls are dedicated to promoting the rights of girls in all areas and stages of their lives, advancing the rights and status of girls and assisting them to develop their full potential as women. Additional information, including the most recent newsletter is available at Members of the Working Group on Girls (WGG) were actively involved at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The official text of the statement is available at

⇒Discussion Paper -- The NGO Committee on UNICEF:  Working Group on Girls, 11 September 2008

⇒Statement submitted by the Working Group on Girls from the fifty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 2 - 13 March 2009: The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS

The NGO Committee on Children’s Rights
The NGO Committee on Children's Rights is composed of representatives of international and national non-governmental organizations whose mission is to actively promote awareness, understanding and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), complemented by other human rights standards, as the most comprehensive international instrument for the protection and development of children. Through dialogue, education, advocacy, and research, the Committee works within the United Nations system and beyond to promote child rights-based approaches to the development and monitoring of policies and programs at international, national and local levels.

Progress on the Rights of Children of African Descent
On November 17, 2011, the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights met for a program to celebrate the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child & the Year of Peoples of African Descent. Panelists included Professor Thoko Kaime of the University of Surrey & School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Ms. Monorama Biswas of the UN HRC’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. The event was moderated by Dr. Corann Okorodudu, a SPSSI member.

Program released by the NGO Committee on Children's Rights

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