The Convention on the Rights of the Child: A brief history
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is one of the eight major human rights treaties that have been adopted by the United Nations since 1969. The CRC, adopted in 1989, has been ratified by 193 countries, although not by the United States. The U.S. government was very active in the drafting process, which lasted more than a decade. Much of the key language in the document was proposed by American diplomats, so our country's failure to ratify the CRC has been baffling to child advocates around the world.
2009 has been a pivotal year for the United States Breastfeeding Committee. The Board of Directors is working diligently and energetically to continue to strengthen the organization and refocus on the priorities laid out in our new strategic plan. Our sincere thanks go to the USBC member and coalition representatives who helped to ensure that our strategic decisions are based on representative feedback. To learn more about USBC's recent activities and accomplishments, please visit our Web site.
USBC aims to raise One Dollar for Every New Mom in the United States. With these funds, we will make mothers' voices heard in ongoing national debates on health care, work-life balance, and consumer safety. The closer we come to representing each mother in America, the more clearly we can show the President and Congress: "Americans believe that EVERY MOTHER COUNTS." Help us reach the goal of one dollar for each new mother. Visit the campaign online and donate today!
Member Spotlight: Baby-Friendly USA
Baby-Friendly USA is the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States. The BFHI is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation. The BFHI promotes, protects, and supports breastfeeding through the practice of the WHO/UNICEF Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding in birth facilities.
Coalition Spotlight: Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition
The Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC) was formed as an independent nonprofit organization in 1992, with a mission to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in Rhode Island. A hallmark of the coalition's success has been its ability to effectively engage and retain a diverse range of community partners. The small size of the state allows RIBC to meet in person on a monthly basis, building a strong sense of community and accountability among members that is reinforced by a lively list serv.
Watch the Senate HELP Committee debate Senator Merkley's amendment to its health reform bill, which would provide breastfeeding mothers with break time and a private place to pump at work. The HELP Committee passed the amendment unanimously, and it is expected to remain in the merged Senate bill. Stay tuned for further updates as health reform progresses.