What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not. The leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognized that children have human rights too. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—including civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.
Iraq & CRC
Iraq ratified the CRC on the 15th of June 1994 and tremendous progress for children has been made since then despite years of conflict and instability in the country. Iraq is also a signatory of the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.
However, Iraqi children and adolescents continue to face a range of challenges, including accessing services includinghealth and education. They lack protection as the overwhelming majority continue to be exposed to a violence in their homes, schools and beyond. Moreover, the innovation and force for positive change that Iraqi children and adolescents represent is yet to fully be tapped into.
Why it matters in Iraq
Iraq still has a long way to go when it comes to protecting its children and creating the right socio-economic conditions, legal and cultural practices and norms that will allow every child and every adolescent to have an equal chance at succeeding and thriving. Iraqi children and adolescents are the country’s future and their wellbeing and development are pre-requisites to Iraq’s social development and stability.
On this 30th anniversary of the CRC, we aim to utilise the legacy of the CRC to push children’s issues to the top of the political agenda and recommit the Iraqi government to supporting children’s rights through effective public financing of health and education, increased protection, and support for adolescents through empowerment, citizenship and active participation in their own lives.
Want to participate? Here is what is coming up:
- Mobile CRC Children's Caravans
- Cinema screening
- CRC Football Tournament
- High Level Discussion on Child Friendly Governance
- Petition handover ceremony
I want an Iraq than invests in children and commits to fulfilling all their rights for this purpose, I call on leaders to:
- Listen to children and adolescents impacted by our policies and services and take their voices into consideration when formulating policies that impact their lives.
- Increase public investments in quality health care, quality education, and safe water, so that every child and adolescent has a fair chance to reach his or her full potential.
- Ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence and abuse.