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As children go, so goes the nation. Every country wants the best for its children, but some countries are achieving much more for children than others. UNICEF’s Index of Child Well-being published in its Report Card 11, Child Well-being in Rich Countries: A comparative overview, compares the level of child well-being across the world’s twenty-nine richest nations. Twenty-six indicators are compared in five domains, including child health, to demonstrate what is achievable in practice, and where each nation can focus on improving child well-being.
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Presenter: Lisa Wolff
Lisa Wolff, director, Policy and Education, UNICEF Canada, has worked in the organization for more than a decade directing its domestic education and policy programs, which advance the rights of Canada’s children to develop to their fullest potential, consistent with international human rights standards.
Working with national, provincial/territorial, and community governments, institutions, civil society, researchers, and private sector partners, Lisa has developed initiatives to advance children’s rights in policy, governance, child-related programming, and educational curricula. These include:
• Research publications on various aspects of children’s rights and well-being
• Programs such as UNICEF Canada’s Rights Respecting Schools Initiative, Bring Your MP to School Day, and Municipalités amies des enfants
• Training for government and other institutions
• Public events to convene dialogue on aspects of children’s rights
• Parliamentary engagement on legislative proposals and studies
• And a range of other efforts.
Lisa is a member of the Board of Directors of PREVNet, the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, and the North-South Partnership for First Nations Children. In 2012, Lisa received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor-General of Canada.
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