What if you saw a 6-year-old child alone in a public place, you'd stop and wonder where her parents, whether she needs help or grab tighter your purse?
The social experiment in Tbilisi, Georgia showed that Anano, 6, a child actor, was treated nicely when she was dressed smartly in a dress coat, many stopped to ask her if she was okay. And when makeup artists changed her look... It was the opposite, no one stopped. They ran the same experiment at a cafe... Unfortunately, the result was the same. One of the visitors even asked to take a little girl out.
“Denying hundreds of millions of children a fair chance in life does more than threaten their futures – by fuelling intergenerational cycles of disadvantage, it imperils the future of their societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
“We have a choice: Invest in these children now or allow our world to become still more unequal and divided.”
So, if you had been a passerby on the street or a customer in the cafe, what would you have done?