The United States continues its descent in the global rankings of best and worst places for mothers, slipping two places to 33rd out of 179 surveyed countries, reveals Save the Children’s 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report.
Norway rose to the top of the list, closely followed by other Nordic countries, while Somalia remained last for the second year running, with all but two of the 11 bottom-ranked countries in the world in West and Central Africa.
A child’s chances of survival should not depend on where they are born, how wealthy their parents are, or their ethnic identity. Yet across the world, these factors continue to determine whether a child lives to celebrate his or her fifth birthday – factors which, for the child, are purely a matter of chance.
This unfair lottery of birth violates every child’s right to an equal start in life.
Every weekend the markets are packed with shoppers stocking up on their weekly groceries. The markets are always hot and buzzing with vendors shouting, buyers haggling, and children weaving in and out of stalls. This is what any weekend in Freetown looks like—at least it was, before Ebola hit.
Save the Children and BAFTA award-winning creative agency Don’t Panic unveiled a powerful short film today to help raise global awareness of the millions of children struggling to survive in some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities on the planet. Watch the film here: http://bit.ly/1sbZn40
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