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2019 is the year we should all be thinking about childhood

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will mark its 30th anniversary in 2019.

As one of the most ratified human rights treaties in history, the CRC has played a significant and vital role in both defining and upholding the rights of children. It ensures we value children’s lives now, not only their adult futures.

The CRC has also resulted in the implementation of child protection policies and legislation in almost all developing countries.

However, progress has been uneven, and the rights of many millions of children continue to be violated.

This year there will also be a renewed focus on how we uphold every child’s right to live free from violence and exploitation, with the United Nations undertaking its first review of SDG 16.2.

As the world shines a spotlight on children’s rights in 2019, ChildFund Australia will be a prominent voice on the importance of childhood for all children  ̶  a childhood where children are nurtured, protected and have opportunities to reach their full potential.

We know childhood has a deadline and we must do all in our power to be a champion for children.

In 2019, we will speak up for childhoods.

The right to be nurtured

Too many children face extreme disadvantage from their earliest years.

They are born in unsafe conditions, lacking proper nutrition, safe water and healthcare.

Giving parents access to basic necessities, as well as the tools and knowledge they need to raise healthy, resilient children, increases a child’s chance of survival dramatically.

Every child should have a childhood where they feel cared for, encouraged and valued.

ChildFund believes every child has the right to live in a nurturing environment. We must do all in our power to ensure that every child can survive and thrive.

We want every child to be able to say: “I have a future.”

ChildFund implements programs that prioritise health and wellbeing, and build children’s resilience, working with their families and communities to ensure their basic human rights are safeguarded and upheld.

We know childhood has a deadline and we will do all in our power to be a champion for children

The right to protection

Worldwide an estimated 1 billion children experience regular physical punishment, about 120 million girls are subject to sexual assault, 100,000 children annually are victims of homicide and one in three children report being bullied.

Reducing violence is not only imperative to alleviate children’s suffering but also key to ending extreme child poverty.

Every child should have a childhood where they feel safe and protected. ChildFund believes every child has the right to live without fear.

ChildFund believes we should not close our eyes to child violence. We want every child to be able to say: “I am safe.”

ChildFund helps local communities to keep children safe from harm, and works to strengthen child protection systems and services.

ChildFund provides emergency humanitarian assistance in times of disaster, both natural and man-made, and is committed to accelerating the achievement of Global Goal 16.2: to end all violence and exploitation of children.

The right to opportunity

While access to education has increased, too many children are not achieving minimum standards in literacy and numeracy. Early childhood care and education are lacking, secondary enrolment rates remain low, and the opportunity to take part in non-formal education and arts, sports and creative activities is unavailable to most young people.

Every child should have a childhood where they can play, learn and grow. ChildFund believes every child should have access to education and opportunity. ChildFund believes a child who is given access to opportunity can make a vital contribution to their family, community and society.

We want every child to be able to say: “I am educated.”

ChildFund implements projects to give children access to school, acquire essential skills in literacy and numeracy, and enjoy child-friendly learning environments free from violence.

ChildFund also provides opportunities for play, sport, arts and recreation, to build their capabilities for the future.


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