Close the gap between words and behaviour on children’s rights – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 201980 Views

Nov. 20, 2019

Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The most universally supported human rights agreement in history, the convention commits its current 196 signatories to support the needs of children until they reach age 18. It’s hard to find a better marker for the progress of a nation than the health and wellbeing of its children and youth.

So, how are we doing? Considering our material resources and what’s required to secure substantial progress for the wellbeing of our children and youth, for many, a passing grade is a stretch.

I’m not a devotee of international apples and oranges comparisons that result in “we’re not doing too badly compared to…” In my view, we should compare ourselves to ourselves, tracking year-over-year progress using the convention’s 54 articles as yardsticks.

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