Date: 20-11-2019

World Children's Day: for every child, every right

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World Children’s Day is celebrated in an effort to promote awareness of children’s wellbeing and rights around the globe. November 20th is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child 30 years ago.

For the 30 year anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we take the opportunity to mark the transformation of children’s lives around the world. We also recognize it is a time to demand action. Today we join UNICEF in saying, “it is time for every child to have every right.”

In the spirit of this day, we went back to the archives to share interviews with six children from taken in 2017. We asked these children from five countries to tell us what rights they think children should have – allowing them to “take over” the conversation.

Teymur, Azerbaijan (9 years old)

Q: If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
A: 'Every child has a right to be happy and to read books of their own choosing.'  

Sebestyén, Hungary (10 years old)

Q: If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
A: Having lunch provided in all schools. 

Buna, Kosovo (8 years old)

Q: If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
A: All children should have a home.

Darian, Kosovo (8 years old)

Q: If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
A: I would like for every child to have a house. 

Viola, Kosovo (9 years old)

Q: If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
A: I wish all children had parents. 

Morena, Kosovo (6 years old)

Q: If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
A: That all children have good schools. 

Jara, Kosovo (7 years old)

Q: If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
A: So that all children have the right to school and respect.

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