Universal Children’s Day 2013
Children’s Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an “appropriate” day. Major global variants include a Universal Children’s Day on November 20, by United Nations recommendation. Children’s Day is often celebrated on other days as well.
Universal Children’s Day takes place annually on November 20. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children.
This day is observed to promote the objectives outlined in the Charter and for the welfare of children. On November 20, 1959 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
Universal Children’s Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Children are used as laborers in some countries, immersed in armed conflict, living on the streets, suffering by differences be it religion, minority issues, or disabilities. Currently there are about 153 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 who are forced into child labor. The International Labor Organization in 1999 adopted the Prohibition and Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor including slavery, child prostitution and child pornography.
The United Nations children’s agency released a study referencing the population increase of children will make up 90 per cent of the next billion people.
In Pakistan, Children’s Day is celebrated every Year, In Punjab it is celebrated on 1st July each year by Child Rights Cell of Department of Social Welfare Punjab in collaboration with UNICEF. Voice of children Islamabad an NGO also celebrate Children day and arrange activities for children and parents. Different schools and institutions in Pakistan arrange programs, events for children at children’s day.
In this regard, on the behalf of Madadgar Help Line a ceremony was held in Sindh Assembly. On this occasion caretaker speaker Sindh assembly Shehla Raza addressed the school children. She said that legislations are being made against the outdated customs and traditions for children rights. She also emphasized on the education for children and stated that laws are being made to tackle child labor issues as well.
On this occasion school children shared their views by stating that they are more aware of their rights now after attending this ceremony. Children also had a tour of Sindh assembly hosted by caretaker speaker Shehla Raza.