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Rights of the child

29 October 2015, Action for Change

Child rights lie at the core of Save the Children's global vision.

We discuss Australia's commitment to protecting children's rights and what the Convention on the Rights of the Child really means for children. 

This year marks 25 years since Australia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – an internationally recognised agreement between nations that promotes children's rights. 

When Australia signed up, it made a commitment to the kids of the world. It promised to do everything in its power to promote and protect children's right to survive, thrive and prosper – regardless of their race, religion or abilities. 

Download our illustrated version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to learn more about the CRC. 

Child rights 

Child rights lie at the core of Save the Children's global vision. 

In 1923, Save the Children's founder Eglantyne Jebb developed five directives that she believed were the fundamental rights of every child. 

With a vision that no child should suffer extreme hardship, she lobbied the League of Nations (the pre-curser to the United Nations) until it adopted these rights in 1924. These formed the basis for the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and subsequently inspired the CRC in 1989. 

Time to reflect 

While this 25th anniversary is a time for celebration, this milestone is also a timely prompt. 

Under the CRC, Australia and 193 other countries agreed to meet the basic needs of children. To do their best to make these rights a reality for children worldwide and to help them reach their full potential. 

Central to this is that every child has basic civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. These include: 
  • The right to life 
  • The right to his or her own name and identity 
  • The right to be protected from abuse or exploitation 
  • The right to an education 
Australia's obligation 

Download the slides and learn how Australia can meet its obligations to children's rights. 

Illustrator: Eleri Harris 

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