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May 19, 2019: Save the Children marks 100 years of fighting for children’s rights

UNITED KINGDOM - Save the Children, the first global movement for children, commemorates 100 years of caring for the most vulnerable children around the world. It was founded on this date in 1919 by a young English woman named Eglantyne Jebb, who launched a pioneering campaign to save suffering children across Europe in the wake of World War I.

At the League of Nations convention in 1924, Jebb presented the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, a short and clear document asserting the human rights of every child. Her visionary message led to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child in 1959.

Eglantyne Jebb died in 1928, leaving behind a powerful vision of ending the cycle of poverty that blighted so many children’s lives.

Over the past 100 years, Save the Children has changed the lives of more than one billion children, with operations in almost 120 countries. It has responded to numerous wars, humanitarian crises, and other emergencies.

The new millennium saw a new ambition to tackle global problems. The Millennium Development Goals decreed that by 2015 child mortality should be cut by two-thirds, extreme poverty and hunger halved, and that all children would be able to go to school.

Save the Children claims it has made impressive progress to achieve these aims. Between 1990 and 2011, according to the organization, the number of children dying before the age of five fell from nearly 12 million to less than seven 7 million.

It also says that the number of children stunted due to malnutrition has fallen by a third, and that over 90 percent of children in the developing world are now enrolled in school.

#22861 Published: 04/18/2019

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