I’m loving Lucy AitkenRead’s attitude on parenting and her bright writing.
Her blog post on the rights of children really resonated with me and the thought it has provoked in me, has lingered.
I’ve come to believe that the UNCRC can inspire us to observe children’s rights as parents and teachers and neighbours, and that this in turn this will lead to societal change that makes all those huge, global issues, much less likely to occur. And, if we can raise a generation who have had their rights observed, the impact on global social justice will be boundless.
Unicef say “The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – i.e., as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity.”
Instead, the guiding principles of the Convention, cover most bases:
All rights apply to all children without exception.
It is the State’s obligation to protect children from any form of discrimination and to take positive action to promote their rights.
All actions concerning the child shall take full account of his or her best interests. The State shall provide the child with adequate care when parents, or others charged with that responsibility, fail to do so.
Every child has the inherent right to life, and the State has an obligation to ensure the child’s survival and development.
The child has the right to express his or her opinion freely and to have that opinion taken into account in any matter or procedure affecting the child.