INTERNATIONAL CHILD RIGHTS WEEK
RISE (St. Lucia) Inc. recognizes the rights of children and young people to survive and thrive as they join the international community in observing International Child Rights Week for 2015.
November 13 – 20th is recognized annually around the world as International Child Rights Week. It is a week during which the world celebrates the rights of children as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and a week which leads up to Universal Children’s Day - 20th November - the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the UNCRC 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 the week, RISE will be sharing information with the general public and especially children and youth on child rights and responsibilities, and specifically on child abuse and its prevention. November 19th is recognized internationally as Child Abuse Prevention day.
“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 inter-connected. Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is best for children in a given situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm.
Rights come with responsibilities. “As children grow, they have increasing responsibility to make choices and exercise their rights,” a statement from RISE says.
RISE will also be joining the International Men’s Day fair at Rodney Bay on November 21st.