|Important Children's Rights Resources|
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): Created by the UN General Assembly in 1946, a leading global advocate organization for protecting and promoting the human rights of women and children.Website: www.unicef.org
A World Fit for Children: The official outcome document approved at the Special Session of the General Assembly on Children on May10, 2002. It contains a Declaration and a Plan of Action, both of which will guide leaders in their work with and relating to children in the coming decade. The Declaration focuses on the 10 imperative principles of the Say Yes campaign, while the Plan of Action addresses health, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS, and includes provisions for mobilisation and monitoring implementation. http://www.unicef.org/specialsession/documentation/index.html
We the Children: Meeting the Promises of the World Summit for Children: This document is a landmark report issued by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. It assesses the progress made in meeting the commitments made to the children around the globe at the 1990 World Summit for Children and includes best practices and lessons learned, obstacles to progress and a plan of action for building a world fit for children, and a Statistical Review presenting the most recent data on children's rights and well-being. http://www.unicef.org/specialsession/about/sg-report.htm
A World Fit for Us: This is a message written entirely by children following debates and workshops involving 406 children from 148 countries at the UN Children's Forum held May 5-7, 2002 and delivered to the UN General Assembly on May 9, 2002.
The NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child: This is a network whose mission is to facilitate the promotion, implementation and monitoring of the CRC. www.crin.org/NGOGroupforCRC.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): This is a 23-year-old UN document which affirms that women have equal "human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field" and has been ratified by 170 countries. The US, in not ratifying the treaty, puts itself in the company of Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, Somalia You can learn more about this U.N. treaty and send a free fax to your Senators (you will have to enter the zip code of your US voting address to identify your Senators) from the American Civil Liberties Union action alert at: http://www.aclu.org/action/cedaw107.html
Global Report on Child Labour and its Worst Forms: About 246 million children - one child in six - are working, most of them involved in dangerous jobs, according to the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO), with the greatest number of working children aged between five and 17 living in Asia and Africa. For the full report, go to: www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/ipec/simpoc/others/globalest.pdf
Global Movement for Children: A coallition of organizations and individuals that seeks to build a far reaching constituancy to promote child rights, take actions for their implimentation and demand public accountability. Launched the Say Yes for Children Campaign, their website includes information on organisations and initiatives advancing child's rights, and suggests ways for you to take action for and with children. http://www.gmfc.org
The Say Yes For Children Campaign: A pledge campaign that led to a unprecedented worldwide demonstration of support for child rights.The campaign results are available broken down by region and country, gender and age group. To see this information go to the NetAid website at http://www.netaid.org/about/history/sayyes/index.pt. You can also find more specific information by region at: http://www.unicef.org/say_yes/what.htm
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