According to a new report by Save the Children
published in the run up to International Children's Day on June 1, more than half of the world's children are reported to be deprived of their childhood due to poverty, conflict and gender discrimination 1.2 billion children are threatened by one of these threats, while 153 million children are exposed to all three.
"More than half of the world's children are catching their lives because they are a girl because they are poor or because they are growing up in a war zone," said David Wright, the regional director of Save the Children. "Early marriage, child labor and malnutrition are just some of the life-changing events that can rob children of their childhood."
The charity's second End of Childhood Index covers 1
All ten countries where children were at greatest risk were on the African continent, including Niger, Mali and the Central African Republic, while Singapore and Slovenia ranked as the best places for children, followed by Norway and Sweden.
While the United States made progress in some areas compared to last year, they ranked 36th out of 175 and positioned them between Belarus and Russia. The report found that children in the US are victims of extreme violence, with child-murder rates comparable to those of Yemen, Afghanistan, North Korea and the Philippines. The report also highlighted that more than 6 million children in the US live in "deep poverty".
"The United States, Russia and China may be the three most powerful countries in the world in terms of their combined economic, military and technological strength and global influence – but all three are badly following most of Western Europe to help children full potential, "the report said.
According to Save the Children, 10 major trends require action including finding that 20 people are being evicted every minute due to conflict or persecution. By the year 2030, it is estimated that over 150 million girls will marry before their 18th birthday, and the teenage pregnancy will also increase.