This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Child Rights, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!

Key People


Names are in alphabetical order, hyperlinked to LinkedIn, else Facebook. Listing is based on prior experience in an area, plus a connection to Singapore in some way.

Bindu Sharma, Greg Duly, Michel Anglade, Peggy Kek, David Brickey Bloomer

International Networks & Conventions

UNICEF’s mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided in doing this by the provisions and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Their Childinfo website presents the latest statistical information on children and women.

The Singapore Government's report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, which tracks key developments in child welfare and protection, shows that steps have been made in the right direction between 2003 and 2007 to ensure that children are safe and being educated for the future.

The International Day for Street Children is a platform for theexternal image arrow-10x10.png of street children around the world – and their champions – to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.

Southeast Asia Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers is a network of human rights and child-focused NGOs working to prevent the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict.

SG Organisations & Companies


Child Rights

Child Rights SG is a conversation space for S'porean youth to discuss the issue of child rights, and to explore how we can further promote it among our friends and schools.

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is truly a global agency. Founded in 1998, the Centre promotes the safety and well-being of children through activism, policy development and multinational coordination. Its Asian regional office is based in Singapore.

Child Abuse

While experts say that caning as a form of punishment for children is becoming less acceptable among young parents in the face of awareness and education, many Singaporean parents still cane their children.

Bullying

Bully-Free Campaign by Singapore Children’s Society is a good resource for victims of bullying, as well as bullies and bystanders.

Coalition Against Bullying for Children & Youth is a voluntary society set up to help children, youth and adults recognize the different forms of bullying, its effects on the targets of bullying and what can be done to help reduce or prevent bullying.

Action Against Cyber Bullying provides counselling and advice on how victims can resolve cyber-bullying.

Education

Pratham and Room to Read have Singapore chapters.

Child Sex Tourism

The State of Global Child Trafficking for Sexual Purposes was launched by ECPAT International and The Body Shop, which reveals key findings on the scale of trafficking of children and young people for sexual purposes around the world. Child Rights Information Network

Proceeds from buying Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream from The Body Shop will be donated to ECPAT International, and local campaign partners UNIFEM Singapore and H.O.M.E., tohelp stop trafficking of children and youth.

Stop Child Sex is a public education site by Unifem Singapore.

Child Soldiers

Red Hand Day, 12 February, marks the anniversary of the signing of a protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child that forbids the use of children in conflict. But despite the existence of this protocol, more than 250,000 children are still being forced into conflict in at least 17 countries – including some that have ratified the treaty.

Article in Asian Geogeographic about child soldiers.

Key Videos & Publications

Save the Children UK has launched The Child Development Index, a ground-breaking publication which compares on a global index countries' performance on child well-being. It uses child-specificexternal image arrow-10x10.png in health, education and nutrition to rank countries in every region of the world.

Inside the Child Sex Trade - The plight of child sex slaves has been well publicised but seldom do we get to see inside their nasty world. Recently however, an undercover film crew did just that. They gained rare access to Diana and Lina, two teenage prostitutes at a brothel in Batam. Focusing on the girls' plight and the mission to save them, they filmed every event leading to the girls' rescue. It's a confronting and harrowing expose of young children lured into a life of prostitution. YouTube

The State of the World's Children UNICEF’s flagship publication.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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