Ending all forms of discrimination and exclusion against children.
There is never a good reason for denying a child freedom and opportunity. Yet throughout the world, children face discrimination because of the colour of their skin, their gender, a disability or because of the traditions their parents passed onto them.

Discrimination is a denial of that which we believe to be self-evident: that all children are born free and equal in dignity and rights. And how can we talk of human rights without starting with the rights of those who hold the greatest potential? We can teach our children to be tolerant and live without fear or hate or prejudice. And words alone will not be enough. We must also act, by ensuring every child the freedom and dignity he or she deserves.

Leave no Child Out campaign

Discrimination and exclusion against children must stop! This was the message given across the CEE/CIS and Baltic States region when the Regional Network for Children (the regional representation of the Global Movement for Children) launched its ‘Leave No Child Out’ campaign at the end of 2003. In Romania, the launch of the campaign concentrated on discrimination against Roma children in the country, and brought together a coalition of NGOs, international organisations, media, Roma mothers and children. In Georgia, children from orphanages were involved in the launch which discussed plans for youth networks and child protection and also had a viewing of one-minute videos produced by the ...

Time to get equal

…legislation and regulations are not sufficient or the end of the long walk to equality and non-discrimination [for disabled people]…' Nelson MandelaUninformed and negative attitudes towards disability lead to social exclusion and poverty for many disabled children. In the UK, and in most countries around the world, these attitudes mean that disabled children are less likely to get formal education, they are less likely to get a job, and less likely to have independence and power over their own lives.In 1995, the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in the UK started the long walk to legally end discrimination against disabled people. Successful campaigning sees Part 3 of the DDA now bein...

Fighting for Roma rights

Roma (Gypsies) are the poorest and most marginalised ethnic group in Europe. Many children are not welcomed or encouraged to go to mainstream schools. It is difficult for them to make friends with other children, since those children hold common prejudices against them. Many families live in bad conditions, and are not able to take advantage of other social services because of the racism and ethnic discrimination which is dominant in Europe. Many Roma are refugees.Belonging to a minority group, speaking a different language and having a different culture are positive aspects of our world, and should be a source of celebration and understanding - not discrimination.The annual One Minutes Jr. ...

Children and discrimination

Did you know that, in Madagascar, the murder or rejection of children thought to be “born on an unlucky day” continues in some places? Or that in some countries, children can be detained for acts which are not treated as offences when committed by adults? While these are some of the more extreme and overt examples of discriminatory treatment faced by children, subtle day-to-day prejudice is much more pervasive. Discrimination is a major reason why children's rights remain unfulfilled. That is why CRIN, the Child Rights Information Network, has launched a new toolkit with information and advocacy ideas to promote children's right to non-discrimination. The web-based toolkit explores how...
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