“If there will be no children, world will be devoid of all the sunshine, love and laughter”-Unknown
Today, November 20, marks the Universal Children’s Day as it was first established on 1954 and it is celebrated annually to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Even though the International Day for Protection of Children is observed in many countries as Children’s Day on 1 June since 1950, major global variants include a Universal Children’s a Day on 20 November, by United Nations recommendation.
In this day, humanitarian organizations and governments organize activities to raise awareness of the rights of the children which are the right to health, education, family life, play and recreation, an adequate standard of living and to be protected from abuse and harm. Many child protection sessions, PSS (Psycho-social support) activities and campaigns take place.
However, in Kurdistan region, people celebrate it on 1 June which is the International Day for Protection of Children, and they confuse it with World Children’ Day.