We always hear that children are our future, but what happens when children aren’t given the same rights as others?
On November 20, National Child Day is celebrated in Canada in recognition of the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and of the 1989 adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
These rights recognize children and youth as valuable and important members of society, as well as Canada’s commitment to championing the rights of children and youth.
Article 27: You have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met. You should not be disadvantaged so that you can’t do many of things other kids can do.”
Every child has the right to food. However, thousands of children and youth in Calgary struggle with food insecurity everyday. In Canada, more than one in three people requiring food assistance are children.
Article 24: You have the right to the best healthcare possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.”
Children cannot live up to their full potential when they are hungry. If children struggling with food insecurity were able to receive a regular source of nutritious food, what they could accomplish would be unprecedented.
National Child Day reminds us how important coming together as a community to support our children and youth is. By supporting these rights, we can help to improve their overall quality of life, leading to happier, healthier, and safer children.
Join us in helping to ensure that children and youth across Calgary have access to nutritious food next summer by visiting our donation page.
To learn more about National Child Day, please visit www.nationalchildday.ca.