I Have A Dream: Arts and Cultural Expression as a Tool for Promoting Equality by Nicolle Guerra



The arts are increasingly recognized as a major tool for promoting communication, equality and inclusion.  In today’s pressurized societal environment the most promising students arrive at college already burned out.  Children are struggling in preschools and kindergartens to master tasks that are inappropriate for their age.  Desks and worksheets are replacing blocks.  Our culture seems to have taken a wrong turn and forgotten the importance of creative play, considering it as time unproductively spent. (Golinkoff, et. al, 2005). Read more…

Approaches to Equity: Interview with Miles Corak, Full Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa



miles-corak2Miles Corak speaks to us and elaborates the concepts of equity and equality in terms of labor economics by using certain measurements such as earnings, how the job market works and access to jobs. He further goes on to explain why he believes human capital is vital in understanding inequality. On the effects that inequalities may have on marginalized children and families, he points out how in the United States “families have to work harder just to stand still”.Read more…

Approaches to Equity: Interview with Alejandro Acosta,Director of the International Center for Education and Human Development ( CINDE )



Alejandro Acosta explains why he believes that “inequity” and “inequality” are social constructions and why it is vital to understand how internationally construed power relationships come into play regarding these matters. He further goes on to elaborate the necessity of looking at the consequences of not only best practices but those of bad practices too in making future policies. Read more…

Approaches to Equity: Interview with Emma Samman, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute


Samman_Emma_headshotIn this our final interview for the series, Emma Samman discusses inequalities,  which she believes needs to include not only income but other dimensions of well being. She further goes on to explain why the inequalities between social groups and the overlaps that exist between them are important. She elaborates on how peoples perceptions of inequality affects their response to prevailing  inequalities. Read more…

To Eduardo Bustelo: You Will Always Be Near


E BusteloToday we received the very sad news that Eduardo Bustelo, my good friend and extraordinary colleague, passed away. I am writing this note without believing that this news it true.  I have been incredibly lucky to know Eduardo and to have worked together with him for a long time – 25 years to be exact.
Eduardo was a great, amazing and creative thinker. He was the quintessential innovative contributor and activist for a better society. He was a person who spent his life moving ideas into action.
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25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – What can we do better? Lessons Learned from Young Lives

November 5, 2014 The New School, 66 West 12 Street Orozco Room, 7th Floor New York City 6:00pm -8:00pm

Bienal Latinoamericana en Infancia y Juventudes

November 17-21.
Manizales, Caldas Colombia.
Deadline for Proposals: May 15, 2014.


New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF | Press centre | UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse — and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country and community in the world.

Can America’s Kids Succeed? Critical Investments Should Target the First Eight Years of Life, Report Finds

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child’s life.

Book: ‘Global Child Poverty and Well-Being: Measurements, concepts, policy and action’

Child poverty is a central and present part of global life, with hundreds of millions of children around the world enduring tremendous suffering and deprivation of their most basic needs.

Equity for Children is an initiative of the Graduate Program of International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School in New York City. Our organization strives to advance an agenda of social justice, human rights and social equality for children worldwide in order to strengthen children’s well being by diminishing child poverty, marginalization and inequality.