Universal Children's Day November 20, 2015
A brief history of this day. In Dec of 1954, the General Assembly of the United Nations(UN) recommended that all countries establish a "Universal Children's Day". This day would commemorate worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It was further recommended that this day would also be observed as a day of activity dedicated to advancing the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.
On November 20, 1959, the UN Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in November 1989. The UN home page proclaims "The Convention on the Rights of the Child" as the most widely ratified international human rights treaty. This covenant describes basic rights of the child including the right to live, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated against, and to have their views heard.While many believe that proclaiming one day in observance to an ongoing problem is a start, the world is losing their children at an alarming rate. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the US In 2014, 1 in every 6 endangered runaways reported was likely a victim of child sex trafficking. Of the missing children reported to (NCMEC) who are also likely child sex trafficking victims, 68% were in the care of child welfare when they went missing.Trafficking.com statistics on Children and Trafficking:
*There are 100,000 to 300,000 underage girls being sold for sex in America.
*The average age of entry into prostitution is 12-14 years old.10
50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States each year.
*1 out of every 3 teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of running away from home.
*1 out of 5 pornographic images is of a child.
*The sale of child pornography has become a $3 billion dollar industry.
*Over 100,000 websites offer child pornography.
*55 percent of internet child pornography comes from the United States.The International Labor Organization reports that the Global number of children in child labor has declined by one third since 2000. Decreasing from 246 million to 168 million children.
*More than half of the children, 85 million, perform hazardous work.
*Asia and the Pacific still has the largest numbers (almost 78 million) or 9.3% of their child population.
*Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region with the highest incidence of child labor (59 million, over 21% of children).
*There are 13 million (8.8%) of children in child labor in Latin America and the Caribbean.
*The Middle East and North Africa have 9.2 million (8.4%) of children performing child labor.