The UNICEF Index of Child Inequality reveals the degree to which disadvantaged children fall behind the ‘average’ child in aspects of health, education, income, and life satisfaction in wealthy countries. Canada is one of the more unequal societies for children and youth, ranking 26th of 35 nations, with little improvement over the past decade. The swirling debate about broad income inequality in Canada has largely overlooked the impact on children. This event captures how broad inequality (not just poverty at the bottom end of the income distribution) affects many aspects of child and youth well-being. Inequality limits the potential of children broadly – not only those who fall furthest behind. If we close the inequality gaps between children in the middle and those at the bottom, overall well-being should improve for all of Canada’s children.
Presenter: Lisa Wolff
Lisa Wolff is the Director of Policy and Education at UNICEF Canada. Her focus is to promote public policy and practices in Canada that align with the principles and standards of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This includes working to ensure that governance, budget allocation, services and administrative decisions prioritize children and use the Convention’s broad framework to create the best possible conditions to support all children and youth. Lisa is a member of the Board of Directors of PREVNet and of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. Lisa received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor-General of Canada in 2012.
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