Smiling girlsEach year the Third Committee of the General Assembly highlights a different aspect of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year it is focusing on the particular potential and vulnerabilities of indigenous children. In addition to indigenous children’s rights to protection, health, and education issues, member states and civil society emphasize the important aspect of encouraging the reaffirmation of cultural traditions and customs, and the use and transmission of their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literature.

UNICEF collaborated in an extensive study of girls in Guatemala entitled Look at Me, which highlights discrimination within, and outside of, indigenous communities. This study can be accessed at


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