Dignity, Belonging & Justice for Children and our World
"We are in need of courage and indignation on a global scale to ensure that the Convention on the Rights of the Child may start its second quarter of a century with renewed strength and vigor."
- Manuel Manrique Castro, IICRD associate
Young adolescent girls across the world do not see themselves as having rights or the power to make decisions about their own lives, according to a new global report. Meanwhile, a separate focus group conducted in Canada revealed Canadian girls have similar concerns.
The Plan International report, released ahead of the International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, highlights the main concerns of adolescent girls in 11 different countries across the globe.
As world leaders gather in New York this week, child rights experts and advocates are calling on all governments to strengthen the Convention by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure – or OP3 for short. This treaty helps children seek justice through the UN when their national legal system cannot provide a remedy for violations of their rights.
The CREATE curriculum is designed to provide health workers in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with a general introduction to children’s rights and their application to day to day work practice.
The Government of South Sudan formally renewed its commitment to the Action Plan signed in 2012 with the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of children in Government armed forces and other grave violations against children.
“Children do not belong in our army and I personally commit, on behalf of my Government, to fully implement all provisions of the Action Plan,” declared Kuol Manyang Juuk, South Sudan’s Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs.
"Manifestly and palpably weak" leadership and a high turnover of directors are undermining efforts to improve children's services in England, says Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw.
There are 20 local authorities rated as inadequate for protecting children.
Sir Michael branded Birmingham as an example of bad practice, which he called a "national disgrace".
He suggested the local authority might need to be broken up.
The CRC closed its 64th session in Geneva on 4 October and has since issued Concluding Observations to nine States. Click on the links below for the full text, as well as summaries of some of the key issues raised, including the CRC’s call on China to co-operate with civil society, its deep concerns around the arbitrary detention of girls deemed “at risk of perversity” in Kuwait, and children in solitary confinement in Luxembourg.