The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: the Globalization of the Western Notion of Childhood. Essay

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Title: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Globalization of the Western Notion of Childhood. “Mankind owes to the child the best that it has to give” – Geneva Convention on the rights of the child, 1924. Abstract In this essay, I identified an organization involved in peace-work and research and critiqued it. I developed a personal investment in the work of the organization and subsequently that investment is reflected. The organization I chose is called Humanium which is a non-governmental international child sponsorship organization dedicated to stopping violations of children’s rights throughout the world which was founded in 2008. With its headquarters in Geneva, they also have offices in France and Germany. While reviewing this organization it was difficult to critique it as it was very transparent and upfront with its approach. It was not a large organization and it did not engage in too many projects worldwide. Instead they focused mainly on their blogs about situations in countries and bringing awareness to these situations. However, what I noticed was that it stressed the importance of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which was adopted by the United Nations general Assembly in 1989. This prompted me to look into the convention and analyze the standing of children’s rights since the conception of the convention. What I intend to argue in this essay is not that children’s rights are not important but there some areas of concern in the implementation of the CRC and the enforcement of its rights that states have sworn to abide by. Introduction On November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, designed specifically for children, was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. It is significant because it was the first time that all the rights of the child were brought

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