Are you under 18? Do you believe you have rights? Do you think other kids around the world should, too?
You’re not alone! Almost every country on earth agrees that all kids under 18 — no matter what their nationality, ethnicity or gender — have special rights to be protected and cared for. Rights like these:
- The right to healthy food and water.
- The right to go to school.
- The right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse.
- The right to express your point of view and participate in decisions that affect you.
Sounds pretty reasonable, right? That’s why almost every country in the world has ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a treaty requiring all governments to act in the best interests of children — every country except one: the United States of America.
That’s right. Our government has NOT ratified the CRC. We can try to change that. We can ask President Obama to #SendTheCRC to the U.S. Senate for ratification.
And we should. Because UNICEF uses the CRC every day to help governments improve conditions for children all over the world. UNICEF believes there can be no sustainable development, prosperity or peace without ensuring a fair chance for all children — no matter who they are or where they live.
President Obama needs to know that America’s kids believe in their rights — and the rights of kids everywhere else, too. Ask him to take action before he leaves office. Join us from April 11–18, as we ask the President to #SendTheCRC. Let’s flood the President’s Twitter account @POTUS, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s account @FLOTUS, with messages to #SendTheCRC.