SANAA, November 20, 2014 –
Today, Yemen as one of 194 countries worldwide, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). A children’s festival in Sanaa, organized on November 19, and the anniversary celebrations on November 20 were held under the patronage of HE President of Yemen Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi.
Throughout the last few months, thousands of Yemeni children from ten governorates participated in a wide range of activities as part of a national campaign known as “25 Years Strong – Let’s Unite for Children”. Through creative, participatory and inclusive activities including poetry, music, painting, drawing, photography and short film making, the campaign highlighted the rights of the child and the positive changes inspired by the CRC towards improving the lives of children in Yemen.
“I feel extremely happy to see how children have been depicting their rights and aspirations,” said UNICEF acting representative Jeremy Hopkins. “these beautiful outcomes from across the country serve as a strong reminder of child rights for us all. These children inspire and motivate us to work even harder with and for them.”
According to Mr. Hopkins, there are numerous examples of how the CRC has had a positive impact on children’s lives in Yemen, from declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment particularly among girls; establishment of juvenile justice for children; and the signing of an action plan with the government to end child recruitment.
“However,” Hopkins added, “challenges exist and much remains to be done. We should unite efforts; bring all stakeholders together; and move forward for the best interests of the children and the realization of their full rights.”
Amid ongoing conflicts and political turmoil in some parts of Yemen, children showed strong resilience and that they are determined to maintain and enjoy their full rights.
The “25 Years Strong” campaign provided creative platforms to Yemeni children to enable them to express their views and aspirations of their rights in their own ways. A 1.5km ‘marathon’ was organized in Sanaa in early November in Sanaa for more than 350 children including challenged, marginalized, and out of school children. A dozen orientation workshops were organized for children in painting, photography, music, poetry and film-making. Children competed in all of these activities and 15 of them were awarded in the anniversary ceremony.
The activities are led by Equal Access – Yemen, an international NGO, with Yemen Music House and Yemen Film Festival and in partnership with the Higher Council of Motherhood and Childhood and several government ministries.
Since its adoption by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, the Convention has become the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. Yemen ratified this crucial treaty in 1991.
The Convention established the body of all children’s civil and political rights, as well as their economic, social and cultural rights. It advocates for the protection and promotion of the rights of children with special needs, of minority and refugee children. It also establishes the principles that govern the implementation of the rights it advocates, namely; the right to life, survival and development, protection from abuse and exploitation and full participation in family, cultural and social life.
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