What is World Childrens Day?
You’ve heard so many people say it: children are the future. And whether you yourself have children or not, that still rings true. Today’s children are tomorrow’s scientists, politicians, doctors and teachers. Today’s children will inherit all of what humanity has managed to accomplish since the beginning of its existence, both the good and honorable deeds and the cruel wars and terrible failures. It is the children of today that will be charged with protecting the weak and vulnerable of this world, and making even the hardest of decisions in order to do so. Who then, if not our children, deserves a holiday?
Each international day offers many actors the opportunity to organize activities related to the theme of the day. Organizations and offices of the United Nations system, governments, civil society, the public and private sectors, schools, universities and, more generally, citizens, and more importantly as an Islamic Radio Station we make an international day a springboard for awareness-raising actions For Childrens Rights, across the globe and specially for the Children in Palestine.
History of World Children’s Day
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
This date marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989. The CRC is an international treaty that outlines the rights and protections that should be afforded to all children. World Children’s Day is a global observance dedicated to promoting and celebrating the rights of children and raising awareness about the challenges they face worldwide.
“For every child, every right”
The phrase “For every child has every right” encapsulates the fundamental principle enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which is a landmark international human rights treaty. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, the CRC outlines the inherent rights of every child, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or any other characteristic.
The CRC recognizes that children are individuals with their own set of rights and emphasizes the importance of providing them with the necessary care, protection, and opportunities for their development. The core principles of the CRC include the right to survival, development, protection, and participation.
In essence, “For every child has every right” underscores the universal and inalienable nature of children’s rights, promoting the idea that every child deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,
and to have their basic needs met. It serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility of societies and governments to ensure the well-being and rights of every child are upheld.
This World Children’s Day for Palestinian and Children in Gaza, is more important than ever that the world listens to their ideas and demands.
Are Palestinian children offered the same rights?
The conflict between The Zionist Israel and Palestinian that has been ongoing since Oct. 7 continues with five children being killed every hour in the Gaza Strip.
Half of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million consists of children, and the number of youths who were killed in the first three weeks has exceeded the global average of children killed in the past three years.
“Gaza is becoming a graveyard for children. Hundreds of girls and boys are reportedly being killed or injured every day” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Israeli forces have killed twice as many Palestinian children in Gaza over the past month than the total number of Palestinian children killed in the West Bank and Gaza combined since 1967.
Israeli forces have killed at least 4,237 Palestinian children in Gaza in one month since the Israeli military unleashed a massive military offensive on the Gaza Strip on October 7, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza. There are an additional 1,350 children missing under the rubble of destroyed buildings, most of whom are presumed dead, meaning that over 5,500 Palestinian children have been killed in Gaza over the past 30 days, at a rate of over 180 children per day.
In reports by the UN Secretary-General on Armed Conflicts and Children, it was stated that 2,985 children died in 24 countries in conflicts in 2022; 2,515 were killed in 2021 and 2,674 in 2020.
The report for 2019 did not provide information about the number of countries but said 4,019 children were killed in conflicts worldwide. This just relate that putting all the children killed in Gaza in just 1 month has exceeded the global stats of all Children killed.
Jason Hart, Professor of Humanitarianism and Development, University of Bath says:
“Compounding the threat to children’s survival, Israel has announced that the 16 year blockade of Gaza will become even more punitive with the withholding of food, water, electricity and fuel. Meanwhile, major donors to the Palestinians, including the European Commission and the governments of Germany and Austria, are considering the suspension of aid. The ability of Palestinian parents to protect their children is being comprehensively undermined as never before. And it seems that international law counts for nothing.”
Do you think the UN serves the Rights of Palestinian Children!!!
A Palestinian child once said “We pray six times a day, Fair, Zuhur, Asar, Maghrib, Esha and Janazah.”
“Time is running out for the children of Gaza”
“How come a Palestinian child does not live like an Israeli child? Why do Palestinian children have to toil at any manner of hard jobs just to be able to go to school? How is it that when we are sick. we can’t get the medical help the Israeli kids take for granted?”
― Izzeldin Abuelaish
“The Zionists indeed learnt well from the Nazis. So well that it seems that their morally repugnant treatment of the Palestinians, and their attempts to destroy Palestinian society within Israel and the occupied territories, reveals them as basically Nazis with beards and black hats.”
― Norman Finkelstein