28 years of recognition for children's rights

On November 20, the International Day of the Rights of the Child celebrates its 28th anniversary. This treaty, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1989, has now been signed by almost every country in the world. The treaty recognises that children have special rights that need to be protected, and is becoming increasingly important as a basis for child protection and youth policy around the world.

Children's rights

Article 32 of the Children’s Rights Convention states that children have the right to be protected against child labour. This year, the International Labour Organization published new figures that show that the number of child workers is steadily declining. Right now, there are 152 million children victim of child labour. This number has declined from 245 million in 2000. One of the Sustainable Development Goals is to put an end to child labour by 2025. Although the numbers show a gradual downward trend, much remains to be done to achieve this goal. We call on the Dutch government to do more to combat child labour and look forward to the outcome of the International Conference against Child Labour which will take place in November in Argentina.

Children's rights, the cornerstone of our work

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child forms the very basis for the work of Terre des Hommes. In helping children, we do not distinguish between race, religion, gender or political opinion. Because every child has the right to grow up in a safe environment without exploitation. Read how Terre des Hommes stands up for the rights of children and the Children’s Rights Convention >>

Support the fight against child exploitation

Every child has the right to grow up in a safe environment without exploitation. Together with our partners and donors, we offer protection, help and care to vulnerable children. We also tackle perpetrators of child exploitation. Will you join us in this fight?

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