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Campaigning for Children

Jo Becker


Campaigning for Children focuses on contemporary children's rights, identifying the range of abuses that affect children today, including early marriage, female genital mutilation, child labour, child sex tourism, corporal punishment, the impact of armed conflict, and access to education. Jo Becker traces the last 25 years of the children's rights movement, including the evolution of international laws and standards to protect children from abuse and exploitation. From a practitioner's perspective, Becker provides readers with careful case studies of the organizations and campaigns that are making a difference in the lives of children, and the relevant strategies that have been successful—or not. By presenting a variety of approaches to deal with each issue, this book carefully teases out broader lessons for effective social change in the field of children's rights.

The book presents case studies of national and international advocacy campaigns, showing that far-reaching change is possible, whether on child labour, child marriage, juvenile justice, or access to education. The book highlights trailblazing individuals and organizations that have:

-prompted thousands of villages across Africa to voluntarily abandon the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting;

-reduced the number of children in South Africa’s prisons by nearly 80 percent;

-secured pledges from the world’s largest chocolate companies to eliminate child labour from their products;

-dramatically increased the number of countries banning the use of corporal punishment;

-persuaded dozens of countries to end the military use of schools in armed conflict.

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North America - United States

Year Language

2017 English

Category Type

Publications Book


Child, Cooperation to development, Research, Rights



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