Fifteen years ago, H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden started World Childhood Foundation to help provide support, protect and garner attention for the world’s most vulnerable children. Today, on the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), our mission and commitment to children is stronger than ever. We will continue to provide support to civil society and our communities, and to empower parents to reaffirm the commitment to the UCRC. We are determined that together we can create a world where no child needs to be subjected to abuse or neglect.
By now we all know that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of The Child (CRC). The Convention is the most ratified human rights treaty in the world. It has brought together nations around the world to sign onto this international treaty, a formal acknowledgement of the right's of children. This treaty helped bring about a complete systemic change toward greater and stronger institutions, policies and systems focused on children.
The standards in the Convention on the Rights of the Child were negotiated by governments, non-governmental organizations, human rights advocates, lawyers, health specialists, social workers, educators, child development experts and religious leaders from all over the world, over a 10-year period. The result is a consensus document that takes into account the importance of tradition and cultural values for the protection and harmonious development of the child. As such, the Convention takes into account cultural norms, draws attention to various economic and social environments that have an impact on the rights of children, and advocates for the development of partnerships to strengthen the response and general welfare of children.
Each color in the Childhood bracelet corresponds to an article in the Conventions on the Rights of The Child.
The impact of this treaty has been felt in every corner of the world, and have lead to better policies, practices and priorities aimed towards improving the lives of children regardless of their circumstances or location. These improvements range from the reduction of child mortality, prioritization of education, to the development and implementation of greater preventative measures in combatting all types of abuse and exploitation.
At Childhood, we work tirelessly to champion childhoods that are free from abuse and neglect. We work with one mission in mind: to give all children a chance to have a happy childhood with possibilities of reaching their highest potential and where there is access to equal opportunities. As we look forward to the next 25 years, we encourage you, as always, to engage in this dialogue, to ensure the safety of children and progress in justice and work together to create change. We are determined and positive that we can together create the foundation needed to give all children the childhood they deserve.
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