Convention on the Rights of the Child

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What I want #ForEveryChild

Writers unite for child rights

20 November is the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified international human rights treaty. The Convention offers a vision of a world where all children survive and develop to their full potential without discrimination – a world where children are protected, respected and encouraged to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Despite this international effort, we continue to live in world that fails to provide a fair chance for every child, in part because children’s rights are not known and understood by all.

>>  Learn more about child rights.

Writers have a unique skill to touch hearts and souls and help their readers to see the world through others’ eyes. This is why UNICEF is inviting writers from all over the world to ink their quills #ForEveryChild and spread the word of children’s rights through compelling stories.

Inspired by UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, we are asking writers of all kinds to write a story seven lines long on the theme ‘What I want for every child’, and post it on Facebook between 14–20 November for our collective fans to read and share.

Every writer is welcome to participate, regardless of country, community, gender – or level of fame.

The delivery of the story is yours to decide: from fact to fiction, poetry to prose, free form to formula. We are excited to see your powerful stories of courage, anger, hope and love written in different genres, by different voices, and from different viewpoints.

Join us

Everyone can participate.

1. Let your us know that you are interested in participating.

  • If you have been contacted by your local UNICEF office, let your contact person know that you are joining the initiative. 
  • You can email us at tiny.stories@unicef.fi. Please include your name, country of association for the purposes of this initiative and the language in which your story will be written.

2. Select your topic and write a story.

  • The theme of the story is ‘What I want for every child’.
  • The story should be a maximum of seven lines long.
  • The perspective, tone and format are yours to decide.

Share

1. Go to your own Facebook page. If you do not use Facebook, contact your local UNICEF office for other options.
2. Write your story in the status update.
3. Include the hashtag #ForEveryChild.
4. Add the Tiny Stories campaign image to your post (download here).
5. Under the menu options for ‘Who should see this?’, select ‘Public’ (view example).
6. Optional: Tag your local UNICEF Facebook page in your post.
7. Post your story.

Now, Facebook users can see the story and like it, share it, or comment on it, depending on your settings.

>>  Learn more about Facebook privacy settings.

Local UNICEF offices will share some of these stories on their Facebook pages.

Connect

UNICEF offices and writers' associations all around the world are contacting writers and writers guilds to invite them to join in. Here’s where the posts will appear, curated through the #ForEveryChild hashtag.

Please note that a local hashtag may also be used in your country. You can type the local hashtag in the Facebook search bar to find all Tiny Stories.


 

 

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