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Convention on the Rights of the Child

What individuals can do

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Members of the Children's Movement for Peace, including Mayerly Shanchez (centre), walk down the street with other children from the community in Colombia.

Individuals, alone or in groups, can play a key role in their country’s ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols. You can work to raise awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Optional Protocols in your community through meetings and distribution of information. You can initiate or join grassroots campaigns, mobilizing those in your community to promote and protect children’s rights.

Individuals can also help by voicing their concerns about children's rights to government leaders, the media and others in the community. You can, and should, hold your national and local leaders accountable for their obligations under international treaties.

Parents and children, teachers and community members can all work to help children understand and realize their rights.  While individuals can take responsibility for doing their part, they must put pressure on governments to fulfil their obligations to pass laws and advance policies centred on the best interests of the child.

To find out more about what you can do to promote and protect children’s rights, contact your local UNICEF field office or national committee. 



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