Universal Children's Day

20 November 2015

 

"The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard. "

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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The date 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

 

 “Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa
 

     

 Our culture is something that has sustained us for thousands and thousands of years and will continue to do so in generations to come.

 Hetti Perkins

 

 “These children and their parents know that getting an education is not only their right, but a passport to a better future – for the children and for the country”

 Harry Belafonte (Goodwill Ambassador UNICEF 1997)

 

 “When the lives and the rights of children are at stake, there must be no silent witnesses.”

 Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy to Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict

 

 

 

 

If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much

 Marian Wright Edelman 

 

 

 

 This is the land of dreamings, a land of wide horizons and secret places. The first people, our ancestors, created this country in the culture that binds us to it.

 Hetti Perkins

 

 

When we paint, whether it is on our bodies for ceremony or on bark or canvas for the market, we're not just painting for fun or profit, we're painting as we always have done to demonstrate our continuing link with our country and the rights and responsibilities we have to it.