For every child, every right

The 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Africa

18 November 2019

On 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark achievement that has since become the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty. In the 30 years since its adoption, the Convention has helped to transform children’s lives around the world. It inspired changes in laws and policies for children and contributed to increased investments in children’s health, nutrition, education and protection, alongside enabling more children to have a voice on issues that affect them. 


Children, heroes of their own rights 


The Convention on the Rights of the Child wants all children to enjoy all their rights


Right to participation


All children and young people have the right to be heard  and participate in decisions that affect them.


Right to quality healthcare


All children have the right to quality healthcare.


Right to protection against violence


Children have the right to be protected from violence, abuse and neglect by those who look after them.



Convention on the Rights of the Child in Ghana


This short video from Ghana, the first country in the world to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, explains what the Convention is.


Watch this amazing song written by Top Nigerian Artists for Every Child !

UNICEF Nigeria

"With a little love and the chance, you too can be a star!"

Children and young people of #Nigeria, stand up and demand your rights! New #WorldChildrensDay song from some of Nigeria’s brightest music stars.


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