INTERNATIONAL CHILD RIGHTS WEEK
RISE (St. Lucia) Inc. recognizes the rights of children and young people to survive and thrive during International Child Rights Week - November 13th to 20th - and beyond.
November 13th to 20th is recognized annually around the world as International Child Rights Week - a week during which the world celebrates the rights of children as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) and a week which leads up to Universal Children’s Day on November 20th. This is the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the UN CRC in 1989. The UN General Assembly recommended that all countries observe November 20th annually as a day of activity devoted to promoting the welfare of children around the world.
During that week, RISE will be sharing information with the general public and school students on child rights in general, and specifically on child abuse and its prevention on November 19th, recognized internationally within that week as Child Abuse prevention day. RISE will also be joining the International Men’s Day fair at the RCI car park from 9am to 1pm on November 19th.
According to RISE “Rights" are things every child should have, or be able to do, to survive and thrive. All children everywhere have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark human rights treaty, agreed to and signed by all but two countries (Somalia and USA). All the rights are equally important and interconnected and are enshrined in 54 articles.
Article 1 begins by saying that everyone under 18 has these rights. Article 3 states that “all adults should do what is best for you. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children.” In article 4 the responsibility rests on government to ensure that children’s rights are protected while article 5 states that the family has the responsibility to help children learn to exercise their rights and ensure that they are protected.
Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child every child has the right to be alive, the right to a name and nationality, a right to an identity, the right to an opinion, the right to play and rest, to practise their own culture, language and religion, to be free from sexual abuse and being kidnapped, among other rights.
After 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it's time to ask:
Is the world a better place for children?