Global Advocacy

Thanks to you, Save the Children is an outspoken champion for every last child. Drawing on a century of expertise, we work to ensure children’s voices are heard and their issues are given top priority.

In 2017, we focused our public policy and advocacy efforts on our global Every Last Child campaign, with an emphasis on saving refugee children and promoting global gender equality.

The future belongs to educated, empowered girls like these in Niger. Photo credit: Save the Children/Victoria Zegler 2017. The future belongs to educated, empowered girls like these in Niger. Photo credit: Save the Children/Victoria Zegler 2017. The future belongs to educated, empowered girls like these in Niger. Photo credit: Save the Children/Victoria Zegler 2017.

Your Results: The Highlights








ADVOCATING FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN

Save the Children worked to ensure the U.S. government delivered on its global and domestic commitments last year. We pushed for language ensuring refugee children are back in school within 30 days – the first ever time-bound commitment. And we resisted proposed reductions in U.S. refugee resettlement. SEE DETAILS

ADVOCATING FOR GENDER EQUALITY

In support of global gender equality, we established “The Big Ideas on Women and Girls Coalition,” and we convened key meetings with influential figures in Washington and at the UN General Assembly. Because investing in women and girls is not only the right thing, but the smart thing, to do. SEE DETAILS

ADVOCATING FOR DEVELOPMENT FINANCING

We expanded our work to increase the amount of money that developing nations are able to generate through taxation for their own development and ensure that government funds are collected and spent equitably to help end extreme poverty. SEE DETAILS






















Two schoolgirls with pencils and notepads smile from their classroom in Malawi. Photo credit: Jordan J. Hay/Save the Children, 2017.

NEW: Center for Girls

Gender inequality remains at the intersection of poverty and discrimination, critically affecting the ability of all children to survive and thrive. Our newly established Center for Girls will underpin our gender equality efforts, providing our country offices with the resources needed to innovate and test new approaches to shifting gender norms.

Together with partners like you, we’re transforming girls’ lives by increasing their opportunities to be healthy and learn, to earn and be safe.

 

Global Thought Leadership

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Fighting for Breath
On World Pneumonia Day, November 12, we launched Fighting for Breath, a groundbreaking report and the start of our new initiative to tackle deadly pneumonia. We estimate that, together with supporters like you, we can save the lives of 1 million children in the next five years!

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Invisible Wounds
In our Invisible Wounds report, the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind undertaken inside Syria, we found that Syria’s children are suffering from a condition called “toxic stress.” We continue to urgently call for an end to this conflict and full humanitarian access – so Syria’s children can heal from their war wounds, both visible and invisible.

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Stolen Childhoods
In honor of International Children’s Day, June 1, we launched our first annual End of Childhood Report. The numbers are staggering. Seven hundred million children – that’s one in every four worldwide – have had their childhoods stolen. We detailed eight childhood-ending events, from conflict to child labor, and we call on world leaders to uphold the sustainable development goals (SDGs), ensuring a childhood – and a future – for every last child.

Day of the Girl
Launched to coincide with International Day of the Girl, Save the Children released new data revealing that biased views against girls begin to appear as early as fourth grade. The findings indicate that a striking number of young boys – and even many girls – believe fathers rule the household, boys are smarter than girls, and girls need less school than boys. Research was conducted in the U.S. and the West African nations of Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire.

 

Global Influencers

Enrique Iglesias and Sheila Gutierrez Romero hold up a signed concert t-shirt backstage at his concert in Las Vegas. Sheila teaches children enrolled in Save the Children's Healing and Education for the Arts or HEART program in Mexico City. Photo by Susan Warner/Save the Children, September 2017.

#HeartsforKids
Students in our HEART (Healing and Education through the Arts) program recorded an adorable video message thanking Grammy award-wining artist Enrique Iglesias for his support. The message was personally delivered by their teacher before his Mexican Independence Day concert in Las Vegas.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir featured Save the Children’s response to the devastating hunger crisis in Somalia. Over three segments and online, the feature garnered millions of viewers in hundreds of markets – bringing this critical global emergency into national focus and helping us raise desperately needed support. Photo credit: Save the Children, 2017.

David Muir on Hunger
ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir featured Save the Children’s response to the devastating hunger crisis in Somalia. Over three segments and online, the feature garnered millions of viewers in hundreds of markets – bringing this critical global emergency into national focus and helping us raise desperately needed support.

Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children, sits outdoors surrounded by mothers and children in Turkana County, Kenya. She smiles at a young baby, as the mothers tell her how the drought is affecting the children of the village. Photo credit: Peter Caton/Save the Children, July 2017.

Handbags for Hunger Relief
Inspired by her visit to our programs in Kenya, Save the Children Celebrity Cabinet member, designer and philanthropist Gabriela Hearst developed a limited handbag promotion with partners Bergdorf Goodman and Net-a-Porter in support of our hunger crisis response.

Cristiano Ronaldo cares about children.

Cristiano Ronaldo Cares
Record-setting soccer player and Save the Children Ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo continues to shine a spotlight on refugee children. He shared the story of a young Syrian boy enrolled in Save the Children’s programs at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan with his 250 million social media followers.

Your Results: The Details

ADVOCATING FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN
Save the Children worked hard to ensure the U.S. government delivered on commitments made at the 2016 Leadership Summit for Refugees. We helped maintain support for child education and protection in the international refugee compact process and negotiations, including pushing for language ensuring children are back in school within 30 days of becoming a refugee – the first ever time-bound commitment.

We also worked to ensure the U.S. government met its own domestic commitments, galvanizing support throughout the year to resist proposed reductions in the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S., helping mitigate the harshest proposals. We added 10,000 new activists to our ranks and generated over 100,000 messages to Congress and the Administration.

Enhancing Save the Children’s profile as an expert on displaced children, we launched the Refugee Children’s Progress Report: Grading U.S. Refugee Policy from 2015-2017. The report garnered great feedback from senior Congressional staff who are proposing related legislation. And it was shared and discussed at several high-profile meetings, including at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the State Department and the National Security Council.

ADVOCATING FOR GENDER EQUALITY
In support of global girls empowerment, we established “The Big Ideas on Women and Girls Coalition,” bringing together 21 nongovernmental organizations, as well as former U.S. government officials, think tanks and academics. The coalition advocated for placing women and girls at the center of U.S. foreign policy and development assistance, calling it not only the right thing, but the smart thing, to do – citing compelling evidence that investing in women and girls brings high returns for economic growth, societal well-being and global stability.

On International Day of the Girl, we invited girl champion Maryam Ahmed from Nigeria to meet with influential figures in Washington, including Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. The meetings focused on the importance of investing in girls and asking U.S. policymakers to continue leading on gender issues, such as tackling the barriers girls face in getting an education and ending child marriage.

Save the Children convened key meetings in partnership with UN Women and others at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the UN General Assembly to discuss broadening the scope of the UN Task Force on Financing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. We advocated for strengthening the capacity of national governments to integrate gender equality into all development policies and programs.

ADVOCATING FOR DEVELOPMENT FINANCING
With the support of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, we expanded our work on governance, finance and accountability through a local-to-global project supporting domestic resource mobilization in Kenya. The goal is to increase the amount of money that developing nations are able to generate through taxation for their own development and ensure that government funds are collected and spent equitably to help end extreme poverty.

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