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11/22/2016

Yesterday, November 20, was Universal Children’s Day

Yesterday, November 20, was Universal Children’s Day
Yesterday, November 20, was Universal Children’s Day, marking the 27th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Convention sets out a basic, universal standard for a healthy, protected, decent childhood for every human being and was ratified by Nigeria in 1991. Nigeria passed the groundbreaking Child’s Rights Act in 2003 enshrining those rights in national law. 23 of Nigeria’s 36 states have since passed state-wide child rights laws. But although Nigeria is making progress, for many children, child rights are not yet a reality. Six out of every ten children suffer violence before the age of 18, 43% of girls are married before their 18th birthday; 10.5 million children are out of school; and 41 children have been used in so-called “suicide” attacks in the conflict in the northeast.

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