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Universal Children's Day 20th November

November 19th, 2021

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and is marked as Universal Children's Day or International Children's Rights Day.

This day is marked as International Children's Day, to sensitize the public to the need to protect children from abuse, violence, and various forms of discrimination. On November 20, 1959, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and in 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

World Children's Day is not only a day to celebrate, but also a reminder of the need to raise awareness about children who suffer violence, exploitation, and discrimination around the world.

When we talk about the celebration of the Universal Day of the Rights of the Child, we must be aware of the fact that this day is an opportunity to remind and raise awareness of all the injustices suffered by many children around the world. We all know that children are the "ornament of the world", the little innocent and sincere beings, our link to purity. However, is everyone actually aware of this? If we look at information from the world, both official and unofficial (read: covered up), how disappointed would we be in this world? 

Speaking of this very important day, child abuse is also an important item. Child abuse is a very serious problem that causes a number of severe consequences for their development. A child's exposure to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse is a traumatic experience that leaves deep scars. All states that care about the well-being of their citizens, and especially children, have recognized the development of abuse prevention as one of their priority tasks. 



The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a universal international document dedicated to children, an expression of the need to provide special protection and care to children because the existing system of protection of citizens' rights and freedoms internationally was not a sufficient guarantee to protect children's rights and interests. 

The rights of the child, as established by the Convention, are only the needs of each child, which are different at different periods of his or her upbringing. That is why the needs of the child must be recognized in every period of his growing up and every place so that they can be insured and provided in the family, school, local community. The rights that children have do not mean that children can do what they want, that they are overprotected, that they have neglected their obligations by learning about rights.

All of you who have decided to read this text, who have come to this part of it, I would like to ask you just one question. How much has each of us, as individuals, taken to make children feel safe? Or, if you prefer, how much have we taken to protect them?

Threats to one child are found everywhere and not just in the form of child abduction, child trafficking, exploitation of children for various inhumane purposes. Often we can't even comprehend all that. But the threat to a child's pure heart and mind is also in the media: on TV, on the internet, various videos, games, cartoons, newly composed songs, and their devastating lyrics, on the street, among bad literature, and so on.

If you are wondering what you can do to improve this situation, perhaps the easiest answer is before your eyes. Educate your children in values, teach them to be empathetic beings with others, to be aware that many other children in the world do not have the same happiness as them. And maybe, hopefully, one day it won't be necessary to remember that there are many children in the world dying of hunger.

By Sumeja Hadzialic

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