Children were both seen and heard in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, World Children’s Day, during a celebration to commemorate 30 years since the adoption of a milestone treaty that protects their rights.
A South African teenager was at the UN recently to raise her voice for children everywhere, particularly on the issues of education, child labour and gender inequality.
Lathitha Beyile from Soweto read a manifesto she had written which was inspired by children in her country.
The 14-year-old also served as a guest UN spokesperson during the daily briefing for journalists at the Secretariat: part of the events celebrating World Children’s Day in November, which saw children “take over” high-visibility roles in media, politics, business and sports and entertainment.
Children with disabilities deserve to have the same rights as everyone else, which is something that will have a “tremendous impact” on society as a whole.
That’s the message from Emmanuel Elisha Ford, a 16-year-old Guyanese-American disabilities activist, speaking at an event at UN Headquarters on World Children’s Day, observed on Monday.
Elisha stressed that children with disabilities have dreams despite the challenges they face, and his wish is “for every child to have a fair chance.”