Thirty years ago, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child– an international agreement on childhood.
It’s become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world.
Niger has ratified the Convention in 1990. The country has made significant progress in advancing children’s and women’s rights. Children are less likely to die from preventable diseases than in the past. Being able to go to school is now a reality for many more children.
But still not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood. Still, too many childhoods are cut short.
It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, business and communities fulfil their commitments and take action for child rights now, once and for all. They must commit to making sure every child, has every right.
Join our National Goodwill Ambassador Abdoul Razak Issoufou Alfaga to advocate for the realization of children’s rights
Over the past 30 years, children’s lives have been transformed in Niger...
Children are less likely to die from preventable diseases than in the past
Being able to go to school is now a reality for many more children
More people have cleaner drinking water today than in 1990
...but thousands are still left behind and childhood is changing rapidly.
1 in 2 children aged 7 to 16 are out of school
3 in 4 girls are married before their 18thbirthday
Almost half of children under 5 years of age are stunted
We don’t need superpowers to be a super champion for children
UNICEF Champions for Children are prominent individuals from arts, music, academics, ICT, sports, community-based organisations or other fields who help us raise awareness of children’s rights.
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Halima Hima, the first nigerien girl admitted to Harvard University has a message for you
“When girls do better, we all do better”
Popular-singer Fati Niger
“We don’t need superpowers to be a super hero”
Grammy Awards-nominated Bombino raises his guitar to support uprooted children
“Where others saw obstacles,
I saw a chance to make a difference”
Latifa Hassane Salissou, Miss Geek Africa 2018
“Through our music, we want to bring hope to children and young people. We believe in the potential of children in Niger”
"To give the country a chance to grow, we need to educate girls. Preserving the future of the girl means preserving the future of the whole nation”
Alphadi, Africa’s best-known fashion designers, founder of the International Festival of African fashion (FIMA)
“Together, we can find long-lasting solutions for a girl to go to school, to decide her own path, to decide her own future”
Angelique Kidjo, West African singer and songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
“The promotion of the rights of the child is not solely the responsibility of the Government and its partners. Each of us could contribute to build a protective environment for children.”
The Convention is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. It has inspired governments to change laws and policies and make investments so that more children finally get the health care and nutrition they need to survive and develop, and there are stronger safeguards in place to protect children from violence and exploitation. It has also enabled more children to have their voices heard and participate in their societies.