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Writing for Rights – Letters from the World’s Children & Youth

posted by November 19th, 2014

This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This exceptional document outlines the universal standards of care for all people under the age of 18. It is the most widely endorsed human rights treaty in history.

Article 12 of the Convention establishes the right of children to be involved in decisions affecting them, both as individuals and as a group. This right to be heard and taken seriously is one of the fundamental values of the Convention. However, this right remains elusive for most children.

World Vision’s Writing for Rights report features 25 letters from 25 children and youth around the world, reflecting on what child rights means to them.

Download the full report here.

We’ve also uploaded 6 of these letters – click on the image to read them in their entirety! (more…)

Writing for Rights: Mokarram, 16, Bangladesh

posted by November 19th, 2014

This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. World Vision’s Writing for Rights report features 25 letters from 25 children and youth around the world, reflecting on what child rights means to them.

This letter is by Mokarram, age 16, from Bangladesh.

Human beings possess dreams of a bright opportunity for their future. It is the hope of every human being to live fostering this dream. But there are thousands with dreams who cannot enter through the door of opportunity. The dreams remain mere dreams. Poverty is the main reason that hinders humans from reaching their destination.

I have seen this with my friend Zakir. The incident was one year ago. Zakir, a student of class nine, did not come to school for some days. Examinations were approaching. One day as I was going to school I noticed that he was sitting alone on the back bench. ‘What’s up Zakir?’ He replies: ‘I think I can never come to school again. My mother died when I was young, and my father also died some days ago. I have no one. I have to work now. If I come to school without working, (more…)

Writing for Rights: Julien, 16, Haiti

posted by November 19th, 2014

This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. World Vision’s Writing for Rights report features 25 letters from 25 children and youth around the world, reflecting on what child rights means to them.

This letter is by Julien, age 16, from Haiti.

Twenty-five years ago the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The CRC is the first legally binding international instrument protecting our rights, the rights of children. In my country, Haiti, this text was ratified on 8 June 1995.

The provisions of the convention have been legally binding on our state for at least 20 years. However, a lot of citizens feel that the state should act much more regularly to enforce these rights in the country. So why is there still so much poverty in this country, and why are so many fundamental children’s rights ignored? We must talk about the problems of course, but we must also discuss progress.

Basic health rights are still violated in Haiti: Indeed, only 40 per cent of children in my country have access to health services. The heath centre closest to home, for example, is located tens of kilometres away. You cannot get there if you do not have any money. This system severely limits visits to health centres for my family. In addition to all these constraints, it is not certain, once you get there, that you will find a qualified doctor who will really help you. Most good doctors fled Haiti because of political instability and lack of security. (more…)

Writing for Rights: Mau’men, 14, Syrian

posted by November 19th, 2014

This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. World Vision’s Writing for Rights report features 25 letters from 25 children and youth around the world, reflecting on what child rights means to them.

This letter is by Mau’men, age 14, from Syria.

Letter to the United Nations:

Most of the people are aware of the United Nations’ peacekeeping efforts and the humanitarian support to underdeveloped countries. However, it is not the case when it comes to the various ways that the UN directly affects our lives, all over the world.

Despite the fact that the United Nations and its institutions operate daily and without interruption, collectively and individually for the protection of human rights, strengthening the protection of the environment, assisting the advancement of children’s rights, combating epidemics, famine and poverty, this is not enough.

After several years of the Syrian conflict, we find that the children are the most affected ones. (more…)

Writing for Rights: Emanuela, 17, Albania

posted by November 19th, 2014

This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. World Vision’s Writing for Rights report features 25 letters from 25 children and youth around the world, reflecting on what child rights means to them.

This letter is by Emanuela, age 17, from Albania.

Dear Convention,

My name is Emanuela, and I am 17 years old. I live in Albania, and the fact that I met you changed my whole life. That is why today I want to give you a birthday wish.

This is not an ordinary birthday wish that everyone has for you, like to have a happy life. This is a simple wish, with the words of a child that, the moment I met you, saw the world with different eyes.

Before I tell you my wish for you, I want to tell you the story of how I met you. (more…)