Do you know your children’s rights? Kenya yesterday joined the world in celebrating Universal Children’s Day, also known as World Children’s Day. The commemorations which take place on November 20th every year stress the rights of children and look into the challenges they face. The overriding theme for this year being JOINING FORCES TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN IN KENYA.
November 20th was the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On the same day in 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
With regard to the child’s physical and mental immaturity, he/she needs special safeguard and care.
According to Article 53 of the Kenyan Constitution of 2010, every child has among others the right to a name and nationality from birth. Free and compulsory basic education. Basic nutrition, shelter, and health care. Moreover, they have the right to be protected from abuse, neglect, harmful cultural practices, all forms of violence, and exploitative labor. Parental care and protection among others.
However as the country celebrates children’s day, a good number still suffer a violation of their rights. Rape, Female Genital mutilation, drug abuse, and early marriages being some of the hurdles facing the Kenyan child. Notably however is the rising cases of teen pregnancies especially in the wake of covid-19 when many children are at home.
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No reason to celebrate
Many people find no reason to celebrate. Christine Panakwa, a mother of five from Gemba Kajiado County nevertheless, celebrates. She has received five goats and an NHIF card for her family from a children’s rights organization. Two months from now she will be milking the goats.
“I celebrate as I will sell these goats come January and get school fees for my children. Also with this NHIF card my children should they fall sick like getting common cold, they will be treated with ease,” says Christine.
Children hold our future: Do you know your children’s rights?
Investing in our future means investing in our children. This is why the United Nations has designated every November 20 as Universal Children’s Day. It’s a time to promote togetherness around the world, awareness of the problems children face in every corner of the globe, and improve the welfare for all children.
However, despite a lot of campaigning on the children’s rights, it has yet emerged that a lot of parents are not clear on these rights. This has consequently led to neglect.
In Kenya today for instance, in the wake of the covid-19, there has been intense abuse of children’s rights. With a preponderance of them being at home, cases of teen pregnancy have hiked.