KABUL, Afghanistan, 20 November 2017 – UNICEF today commemorates World Children’s Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Afghanistan ratified this human right document in 1994.
Around the world, children will ‘take over’ key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to give children their own platform to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential.
In Afghanistan, several media organisations are giving children the opportunity to take over segments of their programming. Participating TV and radio stations include RTA, TV24, Shamshad, Tolo, BBC and Radio Free Europe. The Pajhwok news agency and the Killid media group are also taking part.
“It’s a fun day with a serious point,” said UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan, Adele Khodr. “Here in Afghanistan it is very important to give children a voice because they are a very big part of this country’s young society. However, girls and boys in Afghanistan are largely invisible as citizens and we need to give them the chance to speak up. Today is a day for children to ‘take over’ and speak with their own voices. And we must listen.”
Child-led activities will take place in various areas of the country to discuss issues affecting Afghan children so that they can share their views and ideas with government, community leaders, development partners and members of the UN Country Team in Afghanistan.
At a UNICEF-supported ‘Activate Talk’ in Kabul adolescents from different backgrounds will take over a panel discussion to showcase their innovations and achievements in music, art, business and academics. Young people from the project ‘Improving Adolescents’ Lives in Afghanistan’ (IALA) will also discuss their challenges and how they are overcoming them.
UNICEF social media platforms will have continuous updates and information on World Children’s Day activities.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Afghanistan, visit www.unicef.org/afghanistan.