Stolen Childhoods

End of Childhood Report 2017

| Save the Children | 2017

Stolen Childhoods

In commemoration of International Children’s Day, Save the Children is launching a unique index exploring the major reasons why childhood comes to an early end. The End of Childhood Index focuses on a set of life-changing events that signal the disruption of childhood.

It ranks 172 countries based on where childhood is most intact and where it is most eroded. It shows which countries are succeeding, and failing, to provide conditions that nurture and protect their youngest citizens. The indicators used to measure the end of childhood are: under-5 mortality, malnutrition that stunts growth, out-of-school children, child labor, early marriage, adolescent births, displacement by conflict, and child homicide.


Basic findings:

  • Every day, more than 16,000 children die before reaching their 5th birthday, mostly from preventable or treatable causes.
  • 156 million children under age 5 have stunted growth due to malnutrition – almost 1 in 4 kids.
  • 263 million children are out of school – that's more than 1 in 6 school-aged children worldwide.
  • 168 million children worldwide are involved in child labor – that's more than all the children in Europe.
  • Globally, one girl under 15 gets married every seven seconds and every two seconds, a girl gives birth.
  • Every day, more than 200 boys and girls around the world are murdered.
  • Conflict has forced nearly 1 child in 80 from their homes, and some even onto the front lines.

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