Universal Children's Day
Today is Universal Children’s Day, established in 1954 to celebrate annually international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide and the improvement of children’s welfare.
Celebrated every year on 20 November, the date is significant in relation to the history of international children’s rights. On this date in 1959, the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt the ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’ and in 1989 the ‘Convention of the Rights of the Child’ was adopted.
This year, the UN is encouraging the world to go blue to help build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential. In Australia, that campaign has taken the form of ‘Go Blue for Nauru’, in protest of the children still held in detention on Nauru. According to advocacy groups including Teachers for Refugees and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, there were 17 children still on Nauru as of Monday. In at least three cases in the past seven months, Australian judges have ordered that young children be brought to Australia immediately for urgent medical and psychological care.
Getting kids off Nauru will give them the chance to enjoy the same normal, healthy childhood we’d expect for our children.
Go Blue for Nauru and help make the world a better place for children.