We Invite You and Your Children to Join Others Around the World in an Appeal for the Rights of Children and Families!
We urge you and/or your children to sign the “Declaration on the Rights of Children and Their Families: A Call from the Children of the World” (attached below). This Declaration will be presented by a delegation of children to world leaders at a UN meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday, September 12th and then later this year in New York.
Also attached below is a letter from several of the children in this delegation addressed to you and your children asking you to join in this effort.
We have found that most world leaders are genuinely concerned about children and are increasingly asking to hear their views on policy matters that affect them. Since this Declaration is coming from children around the world, they will pay special attention to it, and, of course, the more people (especially children) who sign it, the more impact it will have on these leaders.
We are asking that you do one or more of the following things:
- Sign the Declaration yourself (below). (Note that all adults in your household can sign as individuals.)
- Discuss this Declaration with your children (if applicable) who are old enough to understand its basic principles. This can be an opportunity to teach them about the importance of defending marriage and the rights of children and their families.
- If a child is old enough to understand it, and wants to sign the Declaration themselves, they may sign it below, only with a parent or guardian’s permission.
- Send this link on to others whom you think might also be interested in signing the Declaration or who might encourage their children to also sign. The more people and countries represented, the more impact it will have.
Note: We need your name, country, postal code and email even if you personally do not want to sign the Declaration. We are requesting this information to verify that all children signing are doing so with their parent’s or legal guardian’s permission. Check the box below if you wish to also add your name. To protect privacy, no email addresses will never be made public and only your child’s first name, country and age will be distributed with any statements in support of the Declaration. Entering their last names is optional.
This is an important opportunity to focus the attention of world leaders on the rights and needs of children and their families.
We hope as many people in your household as possible will support this Declaration!
Simply follow these few easy steps and check the appropriate boxes:
A Declaration on the Rights of Children
and Their Families
A Call from the Children of the World
Each Child Has the Right to Life
Recognizing that every child has the inherent right to life (CRC Art. 6); and,
Whereas the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before, as well as after birth (CRC Preamble);
We call upon States Parties and the United Nations system to ensure the
survival and development of children (CRC Art. 6; Children’s Summit, Art. 19).
Each Child Has the Right to a Family
Recognizing that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of
society and is entitled to protection by society and the State (UDHR (1948), Art. 16 (3)); and
That the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality,
should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness,
love and understanding (CRC Preamble; Children’s Summit, Plan of Action, Art. 18);
We call upon States Parties and the United Nations system to protect
and strengthen the institution of the family, to ensure the optimal
development of children (based on Children’s Summit, Art. 14 & 20(5)).
Each Child Has the Right to
a Married Mother and Father
Recognizing that children and youth who reside in a stable, intact family with a married
mother and father, generally exhibit greater well-being in every measurable indicator
including physically, socially, emotionally, economically and academically; and
that the child shall have the right, as far as possible, to know and be cared for
by his or her parents (CRC Art. 7);
We call upon States Parties and the United Nations system to discourage sexual relations
and childbearing outside of the marital bond, and to promote the
institution of marriage as the best environment for children.
Each Child Has the Right to
the Protection and Guidance of Their Parents
Recognizing that parents have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and
development of the child (CRC Art. 18); and
That parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be
given to their children (UDHR Art. 26(3)); and
That only in cases of extreme abuse or neglect shall the State have the right to
intervene in the parent/child relationship (CRC Art. 9);
We call upon States Parties and the United Nations system to respect family
autonomy and the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents to direct the upbringing
of their children (CRC Art. 3, 5 & 18; ICPD (1994), II, Principle 11).
Each Child Has the Right to Education
Recognizing that each child needs an education to develop the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential (CRC Art. 29.1(a)); and
That the best interests of the child shall be the guiding principle of those
responsible for his or her education and that this responsibility lies in the first
place with the parents (ICPD (1994), II, Principle 10);
We call upon States Parties and the United Nations system to establish basic education programs for all children that are respectful of the child’s parents, and his or her own cultural identity, language and values (CRC Art. 29.1(c)). physically, socially, emotionally,
economically and academically;
Each Child Has the Right to a Religion
Recognizing that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
and to manifest their religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and
observance (UDHR Art. 18; CRC Art. 30); and
That the introduction of children to the culture, values and norms of their society
begins in the family (Children’s Summit, Plan of Action, Art. 18); and
That parents have the right to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions (ICESCR (1976) Art. 13-3; ICCPR (1976), Art. 18-4);
We call upon States Parties and the United Nations system to fully respect the right
of parents to guide the moral and religious education of their children (CRC Art. 14).
Each Child Has the Right
to Innocence and Childhood
Recognizing that the rights enumerated in this declaration are legitimate universal
protection rights that belong to every child;
Noting, with alarm, the increasing international trend to grant autonomous
adult rights to children prematurely;
That children have a right to enjoy their childhood free of adult concerns
and responsibilities; and
Being greatly concerned by the increase of sexual education programs that encourage
children and youth to experiment and engage in sexual behavior;
We call upon States Parties and the United Nations System to respect the right
of parents to guide the sex education of their children (ICESCR (1976) Art. 13-3;
ICCPR (1976), Art. 18-4) and to cease promoting or supporting programs that
condone or encourage sexual activity among children.
The Protection of Children Requires
the Protection of the Family
Recognizing that for the full protection of the rights of the child and the family
enumerated in this declaration, all governments must fulfill their legal obligation to protect the institution of the family (based on UDHR Art. 16(3); ICPD (1994), II, Principle 9; ICESR (1976), Art. 10-1; ICCPR (1976), Art. 23-1; Children’s Summit, 14; CRC Preamble; Disabilities (2996), Preamble (x));
Therefore we call upon all UN Member States and the United Nations system to mainstream a family perspective in all laws, policies and programs, and to ensure the rights of parents are recognized in all governmental actions impacting their children.