Respect the rights of children and young people to express themselves and to participate in making the decisions that affect them.

As children grow, so does their capacity to make decisions. Children deserve to have their voices heard on issues that affect them. This is a basic right that all people share: the right to express views and to have those views taken seriously and respected. All too often, though, children are denied this right. All too often, no one listens to children.

The best advocates for children are children themselves. Those who are marginalised, vulnerable or living in poverty are better able to understand how this affects their daily lives, and should be able to fully participate in planning and implementing solutions. Children must have the opportunity to speak out for themselves.

Listen Campaign 1

Listen Campaign 1 is the first annual global media campaign for the world’s most disadvantaged children. 1 in 4 children in the World has no access to the medicine. 1 in 6 children around the world receive no education at all. 1 in 4 children in Africa dies before the age of 5. Listen to the need and rights of children Listen is an annual global media campaign reaching more than 500 million people in 60 countries through television, radio, web, print and mobile phones. Listen harnesses the power of creative artists to create a cross-media campaign that highlights the needs of children affected by poverty, war, disease, exploitation, natural disasters and AIDS. The main ambassadors of the ...

Voices of Youth

Voices of Youth (VOY) is UNICEF's social network to promote active participation of children and adolescents across the world by sharing their views and opinions on current international affairs and pressing social issues. It also allows them to  take action on global issues that are important to them. The website has resources, articles and ways to share and contribute to the discussion. The website enables to: •    Create a profile, or login with an existing service such as Twitter, Facebook, Orkut or Google. •    Check out the topics, including featured topics relating to the 2011 State of the World's Children report. •    Comment o...
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