What is Universal Children's Day?
Every year, November 20th sees the international community join together to promote the understanding of children’s human rights and the welfare of children throughout the world. We're passionate about ensuring equality and opportunities for vulnerable children, so we are excited to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.
“This year, I wish to emphasize the importance of ensuring that the commitments made by the international community to the world’s children are extended to a group of children who are often forgotten or overlooked: those deprived of their liberty.”
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Why is it so important?
The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out basic human rights for children and has been widely agreed internationally. The bottom line is that all children have a right to:
- A family life
- Protection from violence
- Not discriminated against
- Have their views heard
Awareness is essential to promoting rights for children that we often take for granted. Around the world, the reality is very different to ours. We know that millions of children slip under the radar and, as a result, are invisible to the rest of society.
Girls living in poverty are subject to forced marriages, abuse, lack of education and extreme physical and sexual violence. UNICEF reports that due to this inequality, violence is documented to be the second leading cause of death amongst adolescent girls.
Why Universal Children's Day matters to us...
Here at Project Girl Code, every day is Universal Children’s Day as we strive to ensure that girls of all ages are granted access to these rights through education and technology. This, in turn, leads to healthier lives and a positive future.
We stand with the United Nations and Ban Ki-moon finding those the rest of the world has forgotten about. We will therefore be located in areas where girls are regularly exploited. These disadvantaged girls and young women have an equal right to education. We believe they simply need opportunities presented to them in order to escape the cycle of poverty, violence, corruption, injustice and lack of a sustainable future.
“Most importantly, girls must be empowered with the knowledge, skills, resources and options they need to reach their potential and serve as their own advocates. “ United Nations Children’s Fund, A Statistical Snapshot of Violence against Adolescent Girls, UNICEF, New York, 2014.)
We begin at grassroots with disadvantaged girls by running IT, digital skills and programming classes. We work in partnership with non-profit organisations who are already working with the girls to provide a holistic care-centred environment. In addition, we assist girls and young women in continuing their education and training and encourage them to become educators themselves.
We celebrate Universal Children’s Day by empowering disadvantaged and vulnerable girls and young women to have long-term, thriving careers in technology. Our training and education, coupled with ongoing access to the internet and technology, will give these young women the chance to embark on sustainable and future-proof employment.