Wednesday, November 20, 2013

International Children's Rights Day – 20th November

Children in Tilcara  going to school
Photo by Zaqi
"The best way to make children good is to make them happy" Oscar Wilde
Today, November the 20th is International Children's Rights Day – 20th November. All children under 18 years are entitled to have rights without distinction of race, sex, religion or national origin.

The millions of children affected by the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, by the conflict in Syria, wars in Africa and poverty in other parts of the world, remind us daily how vulnerable children to natural disasters and atrocities caused by adults are.

In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. They apply equally to every child, regardless of who they are, or where they are from.

Every day these rights are denied. Millions of children are dying from preventable diseases. Millions more don’t go to school, or have food, shelter and clean water. Children are subjected to violence, abuse and discrimination, and go unheard. This is wrong.

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