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JUN 2017

12 Days of Child Rights – How far we’ve come and how much farther must we go

According to UNICEF, there are an estimated 2.2 billion children in the world and while every child deserves an equal access to opportunity and rights, millions of children are denied their basic rights and subjected to various kinds of physical and emotional abuse on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, ability or social and economic background.

To spread awareness about the various forms of oppression children from across the world face, iProbono launched the ‘12 Days of Child Rights’ campaign on social media. The campaign began on June 1 which is the ‘International Children’s Day’ and concluded on June 12, the World Day Against Child Labour. It featured child rights related statistics, and original content written by members of the iProbono team.

Here’s a day-by-day summary of the campaign. Click on the respective sub-headings to view the infographic for that particular day.

Day 1: Child education: Education remains an inaccessible right for millions of children worldwide. As per data, an estimated 250 million secondary school-aged children in the world are dropouts.

Day 2: Child health: Access to proper healthcare which is a fundamental human right is still out of reach for millions of children worldwide. According to data, an estimated 250 thousand children die every week from diseases and malnutrition.

Day 3: Children living with disabilities: Statistics show that 90% of children living with disabilities in low income countries don’t attend school.

Day 4: Children affected by conflict: During conflict, the rights of children are violated on a massive scale. An estimated 28 million children in the world have been forcibly displaced by violence and conflict, and about 20 million children left their homes due to gang violence and extreme poverty.

Day 5: Homeless children: There are a number of reasons leading to children becoming homeless such as extreme poverty, war, natural disaster, community violence, and abuse within family. There are an estimated 100 million homeless children around the world.

Day 6: Missing children: Children go missing because of a number of reasons including kidnapping. Statistics show 40% of missing children are never recovered.

Day 7: Child trafficking: Children are trafficked for various reasons like forced labour, domestic work, to work as child soldiers, for begging, to work on construction sites. However, forced prostitution or sexual exploitation remains the biggest motive behind children being trafficking. 30% of children were trafficked by someone in their family.

Day 8: Child sexual abuse: Child sexual abuse is grossly under reported and both, boys and girls are equally susceptible to abuse. In majority of the cases, offenders are more likely to be someone known to the survivors. As per data, an estimated 230 million children are sexually abused worldwide. Click here to view infographic.

Day 9: Cyber-crimes against children: Every year thousands of children become victims of various types of cyber-crimes, cyber-enticement, solicitation and grooming, cyber-bullying, cyber-harassment, and cyber-stalking. Disturbingly, 20% of all internet pornography involves children.

Day 10: Children affected by poverty: Poverty limits children’s rights and opportunities, puts them at risk for health problems and makes them vulnerable to child labour, early marriage or trafficking. An estimated 25 thousand children die every day due to poverty.

Day 11: Child marriage: An estimated 70 thousand girls aged 15 - 19 die annually due to pregnancy and childbirth. As part of our campaign, our Pakistan team also wrote an article titled, ‘A Comment on Child Marriage in Pakistan’ covering various traditional and cultural practices of child marriage prevalent in the country.

Day 12: Child labour: An estimated 168 million children around the world remain trapped in child labour, many of them full-time. More than half of them work in hazardous environments, are subject to slavery, or other forms of forced labour that may compromise their physical, mental, social and educational development.

In conclusion, the 12 Days of Child Rights campaign notes that despite progress made in recent years, the situation faced by the children around the world is still desperate and needs more attention and effort.

Over the past two years, iProbono’s lawyers have represented 28 survivors of child sexual abuse at the Delhi High Court. This year, iProbono has made a conscious effort to expand its child rights work and reach to child sexual abuse survivors across India. To enable our vision, we seek your support and contribution to our crowdfunding campaign. Help us amplify our work by donating here. If you wish to donate using a bank account outside India, then click here.

The article was written by Swati Jain, iProbono’s Senior Communication and Advocacy Officer.