World Children’s Day

Dhishal Jayasinghe

The rights of the child are accepted as some of the most established, most universal tenets of human society. This seemingly universal truth is reflected in the conception of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989. Since its genesis, more countries have ratified this document than any other human rights treaty in the course of all history – a massive list of 192 countries taking part in a joint agreement to the CRC.

The 41 Articles of the document include various safeguards to protect a child’s health, safety, right to education, exploration, curiosity, happiness, love, a nuclear family dynamic, and more. Article 27, Section 1, specifically states that, “[Signing] Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.”

On November 20, the National Council of Family Affairs in coordination with UNICEF will launch a child-friendly Arabic version of the CRC and an Arabic handbook for adults including the CRC and Sustainability Development Goals. This move will facilitate the spread of information and unalienable rights to various stakeholders and the general public in Arabic speaking nations.

Jordan will also celebrate World Children’s Day on November 20 and has already launched events for children to meet with important persons and share their suggestions. Jordan has also marked the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. These actions hope to provide a mechanism in which the most vulnerable part of human development is protected not just by normal human conduct, but also by law.

The Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) hopes to help Jordan bridge the divide between children and their wellbeing, between policy and direct action. ARDD has launched a new project that touches on this topic, titled Enhancing Public Support for Justice Sector Reform in Jordan with the support of the EU Delegation to Jordan . The project objective is to engage the public in the ongoing justice sector reform process by raising public awareness about selected initiatives in this important sector in Jordan. 

Capturing the breadth of its slogan, Justice for All, this project aims to understand issue of accessibility, protection, and knowledge of legal rights in the public and justice sectors. Moreover, it works to disseminate information on legal reforms and basic rights to the general public, as the simplified Arabic version of the CRC will do. This issue of protection for children is of great importance, and ARDD believes spreading information is the only way to create a culture of accountability in which children are protected.

 
*This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development-ARDD and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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