Universal Children’s Day & International Laws Governing Rights of Children

The UN Charter for Declaration of the Rights of the Child, 1959 paved the way for a comprehensive charter for addressing rights of children across the globe. 20th, November is globally celebrated as the Universal Children’s Day. This day is not just a celebration of children for being the gift of God that they are but to address the issues plaguing children across the world.

In the wake of the Universal Children’s Day, we will provide you with a few videos and informative sources highlighting the rights of children, followed by some stories of children who triumphed amidst extraordinary odds.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is often recognized as the canon source for measuring child rights. The convention lists down civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights of children, and acts as a yardstick for promulgating laws which might help safeguard the rights of children.

Here is a brief video which gives an overview of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It is essential for children to be aware of the rights laid out under UNCRC. To teach children regarding their rights laid out under United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, here is an informative video by Equality and Human Rights Commission. This video can be a good resource for teachers and parents to educate their children regarding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Note: You can read a summary of the articles outlined under UNCRC via this link.

What are Child Rights?

Children can often be taken for granted by parents and people around them, not realizing how even the slight bit of negligence can result in leaving a negative impact on the child’s physical or mental health. Here is a video by UNICEF which explains child rights in a nutshell.

Rules of War and the Suffering of Children

This video by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) highlights the suffering of children endured during wartime, with a brief explanation of the rules of war.

This video spot by ICRC gives a haunting view of the suffering of children during wartime.

Note: You can see the complete chart of rights for children during warfare from this link.

Duty of Care: Protecting Children in War

Duty of care is an excellent short video by War Child UK, which depicts the trauma faced by children during wartime in the form of a first person shooter, highlighting the vulnerability of children during wartime.

State of Pakistan’s Children Report

Every year SPARC (Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child) releases an annual report title; State of Pakistan’s Children to give a detailed account of child rights across the country. The report states detailed statistics regarding the state of child rights in Pakistan, with topics like the state of healthcare, education, child labor, juvenile justice, violence against children and the legislation regarding child rights in the country. This report serves as one of the most prominent national reports on child rights published in Pakistan.

For a detailed overview of the latest statics regarding the state of children in Pakistan, you can refer to our State of Pakistan’s Children Report.

Stories of Extraordinary Courage Shown by Children Amidst Turmoil

It can be hard to imagine children being as tough as adults. However, when challenged with extraordinary circumstances, children can be as tough as any adult, if not stronger. Below are a few stories highlighting the triumph of children who faced impossible odds and triumphed in the wake of adversity.

The Extraordinary Tale of Iqbal Masih

Iqbal Masih is considered as a legend among people fighting for child rights in Pakistan. Iqbal Masih was sold in slavery by his parents at the age of 4 to a carpet industry. Eventually, he was able to escape at the age of 10, after learning that Supreme Court of Pakistan has banned bonded labor. The below video narrates a brief overview of the story of Iqbal Masih.

Boy Carries Disabled Mother to Safety Amidst Natural Disaster in Sindh

In 2011, floods in devastated 200,000 households in Sindh. This video by Save the Children Foundation highlights the plight of children during the natural disaster and states the extraordinary story of a child who risked his life to carry his disabled mother to safety, amidst incredible odds.

Children are often viewed as fragile, and in need of extraordinary care. While this is true to a large extent, we should never underestimate the amazing courage and resolve that lies inside our little heroes.

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