I have the right to know my rights!

All children have rights. It does not matter where you come from, what language you speak or if you are a boy or girl.

UNICEF South Africa
UNICEF South Africa/2015/Schermbrucker
19 November 2020

Adults must always do what is best for children.
Families and governments should help protect children’s rights.


I have the right to the best start in life.

UNICEF South Africa/2013/Schermbrucker

I have the right to the best healthcare possible.
I should live in a safe environment and have clean water and healthy food to eat.

UNICEF South Africa/2020

I have the right to a name, nationality and identity.


I have the right to live with my parents but they must not hurt me.
If you cannot live with your parents you have the right to special care.

UNICEF South Africa/2019/Sokol

I have the right to be safe from anyone that wants to hurt, kidnap, abuse, exploit or sell me.

UNICEF South Africa/2015/Schermbrucker

I have the right to give my opinions on things that are important to me.
TV, radio, newspapers and books should give information that is important to my well-being.

UNICEF South Africa/2015/Schermbrucker

I should be allowed to believe in what I want and to choose my own friends as long as it does not hurt anyone else.
I also have the right to privacy.

UNICEF South Africa/2020/Schermbrucker

If I am forced to leave my home country I have the right to special protection.

UNICEF South Africa/2012/Schermbrucker

If I am disabled I have the right to special education and care so that I can live my life fully.

UNICEF South Africa/Schermbrucker

The government must help poor children and their families.

UNICEF South Africa/2015/Schermbrucker

I have the right to a free and quality basic education and the right to play and rest.

UNICEF South Africa

I have the right to freedom and protection from war.
No child under 15 years can be forced to take part in a war.

UNICEF South Africa/2015/Schermbrucker

If I am in trouble with the law I have the right to legal help and fair treatment.

World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children. This year, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a child rights crisis. The costs of the pandemic for children are immediate and, if unaddressed, may last a lifetime. It’s time for generations to come together to reimagine the type of world we want to create. 

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. November 20th 1959 is when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and it is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.