On World Children’s Day children in Zimbabwe call for respect for the rights of children with disabilities

I am a child. I have my rights. My disability shouldn’t define me.

23 November 2022
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Harare, 21 November 2022 - On 20 November, the world celebrates World Children’s Day to mark the anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Today, Zimbabwe joined the global celebration of children's rights at the National Art Gallery in Harare. Children of Zimbabwe joined by Ministers, Ambassadors, CEOs and UN officials for the launch of the mural painting campaign throughout the country, focusing on an inclusive society where the rights of all children – including children with disabilities - are respected.

World Children’s Day is an opportunity to remind duty bearers, including Governments, to respect and promote children's rights without discrimination. World Children’s Day is a day by and for children. Worldwide Governments, UNICEF and partners highlight the rights of children to express their opinions on issues that matter to them. and also opinions and demands by children on issues that matter to them. Children are empowered to share their views and ideas, and duty bearers, including Governments, are invited to take children's opinions seriously.

In 1990, Zimbabwe was one of the first countries to sign the Convention on the Rights of the Child, thereby making a solid commitment to protect and promote the rights of all children in Zimbabwe. In 2013, the newly drafted Constitution included a unique component, a Children’s Bill of Rights, ensuring that children’s rights were a fundamental part of the guiding principles of Zimbabwe.  

For World Children’s Day 2022 children of Zimbabwe - with the support of the Government, UNICEF and partners - call for an inclusive society where the rights of all children are respected, including children with disabilities. Several consultations with children around the country, including children with disabilities, led to the appeal of the children of Zimbabwe for an inclusive country.

Children with disabilities are rights holders to the same extent as other children. Societies and communities need to be inclusive, ensuring access to social services is adapted to all its citizens, including their children with disabilities, and if needed through specialized services.                    

For World Children’s Day 2022, children throughout Zimbabwe are invited to share creative ideas to build an inclusive society where the rights of all children are respected, including the rights of children with disabilities.  The ideas are informing the ten blue murals campaign.  The murals will be created and painted in every province of the country and remain a lasting call for children for an inclusive society. 

The National World Children’s Day celebration at the National Art Gallery, with the participation of the Government, donors, CEOs, donors and children, marks the year's launch of campaigning for the rights of children with disabilities.

As part of the World Children’s Day celebrations, the world is turning blue, from New York to Paris, over Sydney, New Delhi, Brasilia and Nairobi, to call for more attention to children's rights. To mark the World Children’s Day celebrations, the National Art Gallery in Harare will turn blue in unison with other nations worldwide.    

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Mupfumira, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Zimbabwe, +263 77 21 24 277; emupfumira@unicef.org; Yves Willemot, Chief Communication, UNICEF Zimbabwe, +263 77 21 24 268, ywillemot@unicef.org

 

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UNICEF Zimbabwe
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