World Children's Day
Leaving no child behind
World Children's Day is a day for children, by children.
Every child has a story to tell, regardless of their gender, race, status, and capabilities. All children must exercise their right to be heard, especially vulnerable children. Listening to the voices of vulnerable children, who are more likely to fall behind in many aspects of life, is crucial for inclusive development.
Every child deserves to feel celebrated, and has the right to be included and protected against all forms of discrimination.
Walang iwanan (leave no one behind) is our call to ensure that every child has a voice, every child is listened to, and every child is included—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Walang iwanan means believing that no matter who or where they are, children can achieve their full potential or get through any challenge.
Walang iwanan means that every child gets to enjoy all their rights.
For every child, a voice
For World Children's Day 2022, UNICEF teamed up with children and young people across the Philippines to amplify their voices.
Through creative storytelling, they were able to tell their stories and show others how they viewed the world and the issues that matter to them.
In BARMM, children and young people took over the Bangsamoro Parliament for a Children’s Congress to discuss the state and needs of children in the region.
Children and young people want a society that leaves no one behind
To celebrate children and their voices, young people, and adults who support them came together in “Sigaw ng Kabataan, Walang Iwanan,” a World Children’s Day event that rallied the public to listen and amplify their views. This included a children’s event with SM Mall of Asia and a three-day Children’s Congress in cooperation with the Cotabato City Government.