Equity: A Fair Chance For Every Child

The State of the World's Childen 2016

A fair chance for every child

All children deserve the chance to be happy and healthy, explore their world safely, and reach their full potential.

Yet the rights of millions of children are blocked by deprivation and discrimination based on factors beyond their control – their gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, place of birth or whether they live with a disability, for example.

When children do not have a fair chance in life, significant inequalities emerge between those who have the most and those who have the least. Those inequalities are passed from generation to generation in a vicious circle that has significant economic, political and social consequences – leading to an unequal and unfair world.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

With smart investments and targeted actions, every child can have a fair chance in life.

Universal health coverage

An app streamlines social services

Gender inequality in education

Getting children back to school