What can development and humanitarian organizations do to advance the principles set forth by the Convention on the Rights of the Child?
- Scale up programmes. Campaign for better access to medicine, counselling and other support for people living with HIV, including children and their parents. Improve early diagnosis of infants exposed to HIV and treatment of children who are infected.
- Support court action or other initiatives by people affected by HIV and AIDS, including orphans and other vulnerable children, to demand their rights.
- Support corporations as they develop socially responsible policies and programmes for workers, their children and communities.
- Support developing countries in accessing appropriate and affordable medicines adapted to the specific needs of children.
- Report every maternal death. Estimates of maternal deaths at the national, regional and global levels would be vastly improved if national civil registration systems were improved.
- Support efforts to lower financial barriers. Low utilization of maternal care services often reflects their high costs. Incentives such as conditional cash transfers, as well as private sector schemes, can help place these services within reach of the poor.
- Educate every child. An educated mother is less likely to die during childbirth, and every extra year of schooling a girl achieves will improve her own life chances and those of her children. Education for all is an essential part of any strategy to reduce maternal mortality.
- Support strengthened child protection systems by incorporating child protection into national and local planning processes and the bolstering the social welfare sector.
- Support the promotion of social change that is consistent with children’s rights by strengthening the protective role of families and communities, promoting meaningful child participation and empowerment, and supporting public education and communication for social change
- Support the improvement of the evidence base on child protection, including through better monitoring, evaluation and research. Work to ensure that evidence is used effectively to improve policies and laws, and their implementation.
- Prevent child marriage. Child marriage is a violation of child rights that compromises the development of girls and often results in premature pregnancy and social isolation. Stronger government legislation to set and enforce a minimum legal marriage age of 18 is crucial, as is promoting both birth and marriage registration.
- Foster participation of girls and women in decision-making and empower them to claim rights and essential services for themselves and their children. Women involved in key decisions are more likely to see that their children are well nourished and to seek appropriate medical care for themselves and their children.
- Prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV – and reduce maternal and child mortality – through a comprehensive health package, including primary prevention of HIV infection among women of reproductive age, prevention of unintended pregnancies among women living with HIV, and counselling and support related to infant feeding.
- Expand access to antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women in need of treatment. Treatment can be effectively provided through a decentralized health systems approach.
Visit these websites to learn more about what humanitarian organizations can do to advance the principles set forth by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (all links open in a new window).
Data and analysis for international Development Professionals.
UNICEF INNOCENTI RESEARCH CENTER
A searchable database on the CRC.