Children's bill of rights

Over the past several years, people have become increasingly aware of the need to protect children. Initially, the concerns focused on some obvious forms of child abuse: children who suffered due to war, riots, child malnutrition, diseased environments, social and even parental abuse. Efforts were made by some countries, the United Nations, and many philanthropic organizations to tackle these abuses, and this was when the first pioneering notions of children's rights emerged. But the children, themselves, had yet to be heard from.

As the understanding of children’s issues deepened, the concerns went beyond abuse to address more systemic, inter-generational problems.

In 1995, an effort was launched to address children's rights and their roles in society from this larger perspective, and to do it through the ideas, needs, and voices of children themselves.

The Children's Bill of Rights was drafted and approved by over 650 children from seven countries. The Rights range from the traditional abuse-prevention ones, to those that will ensure kids the ability to influence the shape of their own future. The Children's Bill of Rights has been adopted by the children themselves, and serves as the basis for their demand that adults treat them as partners in the processes of human progress.


Here is a video of it. The presentation is also attached with this resource.

The thumbnail image is from UNICEF.


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