20 Years - The Convention on the Rights of the Child

Having a voice

Young people awarded the chance to join world renowned photographers on a trip to Ethiopia
LONDON, United Kingdom, 11 January 2010 – To mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 20 November 2009, the World Photography Organisation, Sony Corporation and UNICEF are giving six young photographers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Ethiopia for a photography workshop complete with mentoring from acclaimed photographer and humanitarian activist Reza.
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Digital Diarist Lydia, 18, discusses the challenges of education in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia, 24 November 2009 – When Lydia graduated from school a few months ago, her future should have been boundless.  She had done well in school and was expecting good results on her university entrance exam.

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‘The Rights of Children’ photography book marks 20 years of child rights

FLORENCE, Italy, 23 November 2009 – Last week in Rome, a magnificent new book of photographs articulating children’s rights was launched on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Spain’s ‘El País Semanal’ issues special photo edition on child rights

MADRID, SPAIN, 19 November 2009 – For the past six months, Spanish photographer Isabel Muñoz has been traveling around the world, taking photos of children.

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UNICEF and faith-based partners launch World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

NEW YORK, USA, 18 November 2009 – As the international community prepares to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 20 November, UNICEF today took part in the global launch of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.

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Launch of a child-rights syllabus for journalism students in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, 12 November 2009 – Understanding child rights and how to produce stories about children in a responsible and ethical way is now part of the journalism curriculum at seven Turkish universities.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors featured in video spots for child rights
NEW YORK, USA, 9 November 2009 – UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors have joined in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by appearing in public service announcements meant to draw attention to the groundbreaking international human rights covenant. The CRC turns 20 on 20 November.
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Focus on children's rights: UNICEF launches photo exhibit and film festival

NEW YORK, USA., 4 November 2009 – As part of the run-up to 20 November, the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman yesterday introduced a photo exhibit and opened a documentary film festival with a special screening at UNICEF headquarters in New York.

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New Malaysian stamps pay tribute to children and their rights
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 12 October 2009 – To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Malaysia’s postal service, Pos Malaysia, has introduced a new set of stamps that aims to spread the word about children’s rights.
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UNICEF Syria 'training of trainers' workshops help young Palestinians make a difference

NEIRAB, Syria, 27 August 2009 – During six days of intensive sessions in Neirab, 20 Palestinian adolescents attending a recent UNICEF 'training of trainers' workshop learned various techniques for mobilizing young people to become more involved in their communities.

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Young people appeal to world leaders at UN Summit on Climate Change
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2009 – A delegation of young people appealed to world leaders for meaningful action today at the UN Secretary-General’s Summit on Climate Change. The group of 13 young participants, ranging from 14 to 18 years of age, asked leaders to come together and make a difference on environmental sustainability.
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Teen editorial from Jamaica: ‘Children have rights, too. Protect them!’
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica has been subject to human rights criticisms in regards to our level of intolerance for sexual diversity, poor rehabilitation facilities, an overburdened and inefficient judicial system, human security and the continued impunity of police officers and state representatives who commit crimes.
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Dorothy’s story: Youth journalist reports on preventing skin diseases in Southern Sudan

JUBA, Southern Sudan, 5 August 2009 – After growing up in Uganda as a refugee from Sudan’s internal conflict, Dorothy Lurit, 15, finally returned to Sudan last year and was shocked by the hygiene practices of some of her neighbours.

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'Children's clubs' in Nepal help young people know their rights

BIRATNAGAR, Nepal, 5 August 2009 - Sixteen-year-old Reshmi Chaudhary is a very busy young woman. She works six days per week, 11 hours per day as a housekeeper in addition to attending school for five hours. She is also the president of one of the 22 working 'children’s clubs' in the southern Nepali town of Biratnagar.

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Peter’s story: Youth journalist reports on food insecurity in Southern Sudan

JUBA, Southern Sudan, 3 August 2009 – "My mother is hungry," says 16-year-old Peter Yel. "Food prices are too high."

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Alfred’s story: Youth journalist reports on early marriage in Southern Sudan

JUBA, Southern Sudan, 24 July 2009 – Alfred Malish, 14, reports on the problem of early marriage in Southern Sudan.

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Youth journalist reports on the problem of school fees in Southern Sudan

JUBA, Southern Sudan, 13 July 2009 – Michael Lual is worried that this might be his last year of school. The 17-year-old is one of the top students at Juba Day School in Juba, Southern Sudan, but he is struggling to pay his school fees.

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'The Youth Times' newspaper speaks volumes for Palestinian teenagers

NEW YORK, USA, 25 June 2009 – Although much of the news from the Occupied Palestinian Territory is focused on violence and conflict, there is different, yet just as important, reporting happening on the ground in the region – reporting from a distinctly youth perspective.

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In Amman, UNICEF regional media awards honour coverage of adolescents

AMMAN, Jordan, 2 March 2009 – The first UNICEF Regional Awards for Media on Child Rights were handed out last week at an official ceremony in Amman, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, UNICEF’s Eminent Advocate for children.

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UNICEF contest invites youth videos on children’s rights; deadline 1 August

NEW YORK, USA, 30 June 2009 – People all over the world can talk about children’s rights, but it is children themselves who have firsthand experience on the subject. In honour of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – which will be observed later this year – UNICEF is inviting young people around the world to share their thoughts on the issue in video form.

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Changing behaviour to prevent HIV and AIDS in Zambia

LUSAKA, Zambia, 5 May 2009 – UNICEF Radio and Voices of Youth Digital Diarist Chinyanta Chimba, 19, talks about behaviour change and AIDS prevention in Zambia.

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