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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:36 by Alexandra Matei

As the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is vital to remember that child rights are not just the responsibility of organisations working with children. They are the responsibility of everyone – government, businesses, the civil sector and ordinary citizens like you and me.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:33 by Alexandra Matei

Twenty five years ago, world leaders agreed on one convention to protect children’s rights globally. Today, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been ratified by 194 countries, making it the most widely endorsed human rights treaty in history. As a child-focused organization and in line with the national Child-Friendly City...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:32 by Alexandra Matei

This year we are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). For children to participate and express their own views is an essential component of the CRC.  As National Director of World Vision Lebanon, I encourage my team to listen to children and youth, to value their contributions and to...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:30 by Alexandra Matei

However you feel about the result of the Scottish referendum, it marked an historic moment for young people in the United Kingdom. Although more than 10 countries from Nicaragua to Norway currently give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote, the referendum gave youth a vote for the first time in a UK political process.

As we approach the 25th...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:28 by Alexandra Matei

This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most widely ratified human rights instrument in international law to date. The CRC is a human rights treaty that specifically grants everyone under the age of 18 various civil, social, political, economic, and cultural rights, and sets minimum...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:21 by Alexandra Matei

This year is an important time for child rights advocates to celebrate and reflect on theConvention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which turns 25 in November. The CRC has had an enormous impact on the lives of millions of children worldview and has recognized civil, cultural, political, economic and social rights for all children. Countries have...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:18 by Alexandra Matei

The right to be heard and taken seriously is one of the fundamental values of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This right has also been one of the most challenging to implement. However, as I discovered while attending a recent child participation conference in Caux, Switzerland, when children are given the opportunity to make their views, experiences and perspectives known, they can radically impact decisions affecting their rights and wellbeing.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:14 by Alexandra Matei


The Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees every child’s right to health. But what does that mean in practice? It has too often been misunderstood as an unattainable commitment by governments to keep all their nation’s children healthy. In 2013, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC Committee) took a major step towards...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:11 by Alexandra Matei

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most rapidly ratified human rights convention in history. More countries have ratified the Convention than any other human rights treaty in history – 192 countries had become state parties to the Convention as of November 2005. There was almost universal endorsement for a convention that protected the rights of the most vulnerable citizens in any country – its children. Why, therefore, has it been so hard for rights...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:08 by Alexandra Matei

Let me begin with sharing the story of Matthew*

Before participating in a photoproject called ‘Able Voices’ in Albania, Matthew used to sit outside his home and wave to the children as they passed by his house on the way to school, year after year. As a boy who has suffered with muscular dystrophy from the age of three, and from a poor family, there were so many reasons...

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