World Children's Day 2021
A day of action for children, by children
On 20 November 1989, world leaders came together to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a commitment to the world’s children. It has become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.
UNICEF observes World Children's Day globally as a day of action for children, by children in celebration of that historic commitment. On this day, UNICEF solicits support for solving the most pressing issues facing children, raises awareness on child rights and mobilizes the necessary funds for action.
This year World Children's Day is being celebrated on the 75th founding anniversary of UNICEF. Children throughout the world are raising their voices on issues that matter to them and taking over key institutions in support of child rights.
Even today not every child can enjoy a full childhood. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused irreversible damage to children's education, nutrition and overall well-being.
Since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, school closures have disrupted the education of 37 million children in Bangladesh and about 800 million children across the Asia.
Growing poverty, inequality, conflict, climate disasters and emergency health situations such as the pandemic has led to an ongoing nutrition crisis among the world's youngest. In Bangladesh, only one out of every three children aged 6-23 months are getting the minimum recommended nutrition.
In 2013, 1.7 million children were engaged in labour in Bangladesh. The number of children in child labour worldwide has risen to 160 million, with 8.4 million added in the last four years alone. Millions more children are at imminent risk due to the impacts of the pandemic.
Despite significant progress, Bangladesh child marriage remains alarmingly high in Bangladesh. Fifty-one per cent of Bangladeshi women who are now aged 20-24 years were married when they were children. By the end of the current decade, there could be an additional 10 million child marriages worldwide, threatening the progress made in reversing the harmful social norm.
On World Children’s Day, it is the expectation of children from governments, businesses and community leaders to deliver on the commitments they have made to children. Adults must ensure that every child, has every right.