Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.
Between October and December 2019, 100 Million is asking you to loudly and boldly ask the question “when will every child have justice?”
Globally, we have enough money and knowledge to ensure every child is free, safe and educated. World leaders have been promising these rights for over 70 years – and as recently as 2015, they committed to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. But governments are not moving fast enough to meet their own commitments. They are failing to deliver justice for every child.
This is not inevitable: it is a political choice. Millions of children and young people are paying the price for government inaction, living and dying in extreme poverty without access to their rights. And that is why we will be asking “when will every child have justice” until decision-makers act.
- At current rates, there is no way child labour will be eradicated by 2025. Instead, projections suggest there will still be 121 million children in child labour.
- One quarter of adolescents is expected to be out of school by 2030, with the number of out-of-school children projected to be 225 million - similar to the numbers today.
- 142 million children continue to live in areas with high intensity conflicts, putting them at heightened risk of severe abuses, including sexual violence and child soldier recruitment.
CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.
Young people have a long and proud history of questioning power, and of refusing to give in until justice is achieved. Inspired by youth-led campaigns such as March for Our Lives, Fees Must Fall and Fridays for Future, student and youth activists from across the world met in Ghana, June 2019, and decided to join forces and stand together on the following dates to demand every child has justice.
We invite you to join us and work with others in your school, college, university or community to loudly and boldly ask the question “when will every child have justice?” by creating an iconic protest banner. The 100 Million campaign will share ideas and information to help you create something loud and impactful.
Starting on the 17th October we will begin reveal our banners in Rallies for Every Child. Taking place in communities, colleges and schools across the world, each rally will unite as a global cry for the rights of every child to be free, safe and educated.
To ensure our question is answered by those with the power to secure change, we will also be asking you to meet your decision-makers on International Human Rights Day, 10th December, to demand action.
Rallies for Every Child Worldwide
WHEN WILL EVERY CHILD HAVE JUSTICE? Action Pack
We've created a toolkit for you take action in 2019. The toolkit gives you more information about some of the world's most marginalised children, and helps you to understand why we need to act to end this exclusion. It's also packed with ideas on what you can do in your community to get people involved in the campaign - from how to raise awareness, to how to create your protest banner.
WHEN WILL EVERY CHILD HAVE FREEDOM? Briefing
To help you understand more about every child's right to freedom, we've created this short briefing. As well as facts and figures, this briefing explains why child labour is an injustice and provides ideas on how you can take action.
WHEN WILL EVERY CHILD BE SAFE? Briefing
To help you understand more about the violence faced by come of the world's most marginalised children, we've created this short briefing. This briefing explains the different injustices faced by children suffering violence and provides ideas on how you can take action.
WHEN WILL EVERY CHILD HAVE EDUCATION? Briefing
To help you understand more about how children can be denied the right to education, we've created this short briefing. This briefing explains the why not being able to go to school is an injustice and provides ideas on how you can take action.
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If you're holding or joining a Rally for Every Child, don't forget to take pictures, use the hashtags #FreeSafeEducated and #100Million - and tag us!