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NEA: Global Issues and Actions

Child Labor

Child Labor Impedes Education
Children's human rights are violated through child labor, which disproportionately impacts girls.

Women and Girls

Education Access for Girls: Plotting Progress in Developing Nations
Girls comprise the global majority of children excluded from basic education. UNICEF has identified seven steps critical to assuring females a quality environment for teaching and learning.

Education and Gender
Of the children worldwide who are not enrolled in primary school, some 57-65% are girls.

United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
CEDAW defines discrimination against women and calls for action in education, employment, health care, law, politics, trade, and domestic relations.

Education: Gender Gap and Economics
Find out how investment in girls' education in developing nations raises a country's economic growth.

Girls' Lives
Young women from tribal communities and remote villages share some of their stories.

Maternity Protections and Employee Rights
Women teachers make up the largest number of unionized female workers in the world. Take a look at the nine points that make up the International Labour Organization Maternity Protection Act. In addition, compare maternity benefits of U.S. women with counterparts in other countries.

Men's Roles in Stopping Violence Against Women
NEA believes that men can help eliminate violence against women by acknowledging and addressing the problem.


Afghanistan, Human Rights, and the Future
NEA supports efforts in Afghanistan to ensure that political and resource decisions are made that respect the human rights of all citizens. Learn more about the history, politics, and future of this former British colony. The report also outlines the challenges facing the country including health, education, and women's rights.

UNICEF--Educating Afghan Children
UNICEF has been working in Afghanistan since 1949.


World Teachers' Day
World Teachers' Day provides the opportunity to draw public attention to the role of teachers worldwide.

International Women's Day, March 8
NEA each year joins the global community to recognize the importance of equity for women.

June 12, World Day Against Child Labor
Education—The Right Response to Child Labor

World AIDS Day: Education is Prevention
AIDS has had a profound impact on education in Africa       


Education For All and HIV/AIDS Prevention in Schools
Teachers are empowered, through tools, knowledge and skills, to address HIV/AIDS and related issues in schools

Artists and Educators Fight AIDS Pandemic
No beauty can be found in the AIDS pandemic that plagues Africa, but artists and educators internationally are uniting

Protecting Children

Protection for Children Against Sexual Exploitation
Children who are victims of child prostitution, exploitation, trafficking and sexual abuse deserve every protection we can offer.

The Optional Protocol on Sex Trafficking to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child raises the international standards for protecting children from all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse. Learn more about the issue and the provisions of this protocol, and find out which countries have ratified it. The United States has not.

Other Issues

Where's the Best Place in the World to Go to School?
The Barometer provides country statistics on early childhood education, including student/teacher ratios.

25 Key Facts for Elementary Students
Every child should have the chance to go to school.

Global Campaign for Education
The Campaign holds nations and international institutions accountable for progress--or failure--in ensuring that every primary school-aged child attends school.

Help Iraqi Children
Operation Iraqi Children engages grassroots support to send school supply kits to Iraq, delivered by the US soldiers to Iraqi students.  Organize your school or community on behalf of Iraqi children and their educational needs.