Rights of Children

Since 2014 our programme has been working to ensure that the rights of girls and boys are upheld and supported so that they may reach their full potential. 

We focus on the topics of child protection, education for sustainable development, and championing the rights of children to grow up in a healthy environment. It is the duty of each state to support these rights and we have been highlighting some of the exemplary policy solutions from around the world helping to make this happen. We have promoted the spread of impactful laws by enabling key stakeholders from different countries to come together and exchange good practice. Alongside these field trips and knowledge-sharing events, we have developed practical tools for action.

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Future Policy Award

awardsIn 2014 and 2015 the Future Policy Award has highlighted future-just policy solutions that guarantee Children’s basic rights and responsibilities.

2014 - Ending Violence against Women and Girls

One in three women worldwide suffers some form of violence in her lifetime. By restricting women’s choices and limiting their ability to act, the persistence of violence against women has serious consequences for peace and security, economic development and poverty reduction. Policy solutions must empower women and girls, build respectful relationships and foster an environment conducive to gender equality.

2015 - Children's Rights

Twenty-five years ago, in 1989, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted. For the first time, internationally accepted standards were established to protect and promote the rights of girls and boys. The Convention is the most adopted of all key human rights instruments – ratified by all UN member states except South Sudan and the United States.

However, children’s rights are still not guaranteed worldwide. Approximately 300 million children still go to bed hungry every night, many face violence, exploitation and abuse. Some 20 million children under the age of 18 are refugees and around 85 million children are forced into exploitative work.

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