What you missed this week

  • You’ve heard of drones used by the military, maybe even by Dominos for delivering pizza, but have you heard of drones being used to save lives in crises? We’re guessing not. So check this out – Celina Agaton, a Google-USAID fellow for the International Conference on Crisis Mapping, has been creating a network of drone volunteers in the Philippines to quickly map areas for damage assessment after Typhoon Haiyan. Read more and listen to her talk about the project here.
  • UK’s first female genital mutilation prosecutions have been announced. A doctor from East London is one of two people charged under the Female Genital Mutilation Act. Remember, female genital mutilation has been illegal in the UK for almost 30 years.
  • Did you know 21 March 2014 marked the 9th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day? With each year the voices of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, have been growing louder. But so much more needs to be done. Find out how you can join in  http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/
  •  And if you live in New York, you might have seen this iconic image from Yarmouk in Syria at Times Square yesterday. That’s right…it towered over Times Square! The photograph was also up at Tokyo’s Shibuya district! This took place in support of the #LetUsThrough campaign – 130 aid agencies came together to demand immediate, secure, substantial and permanent humanitarian access for all civilians, including countless children, in Syria.

We are always on the lookout for interesting content that often gets overlooked.  We search the web for stories from under-reported regions and articles that will make you think of children’s rights and development issues in a way you haven’t before.

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