This week I showed my support for the world’s forgotten children at the launch of Save the Children’s new global campaign – Every Last Child.
The organisation reports that while progress has been made in reaching the world’s poorest children, those from discriminated groups are consistently overlooked, despite being the most at risk. Save the Children says these children are forgotten because they live on the streets, in camps or remote villages – and discriminated against because of their gender, ethnicity or a disability.
As a result, these children are being pushed further into poverty and denied the life-saving healthcare and education they need to survive and thrive. The report reveals that an estimated 400 million children globally face discrimination because of their ethnicity and religion.
“Of the 16,000 children still dying each day from preventable causes, a disproportionate number are from these forgotten groups. It is not an accident that discrimination is preventing some of the most vulnerable children from accessing life-saving services – these children are being systematically left out by design or neglect,” says Tanya Steele, Chief Executive of Save the Children.
Save the Children has launched the Every Last Child campaign which aims to put the world on track to end preventable child deaths and have every child learning by 2030. The campaign calls on decision makers at every level to ensure the barriers that prevent the poorest children from accessing life-saving services are eliminated.
I am urging constituents to sign Save the Children’s petition calling on the Prime Minister to do everything in his power to help reach every last child. I’m proud that British aid has played a critical role in preventing child deaths and that the UK boosted the ambition of the new Sustainable Development Goals to include a promise to ‘leave no one behind’.
I’m supporting Save the Children’s Every Last Child campaign so that together, we can take concrete steps to deliver upon this promise and ensure all children have access to education and healthcare.