30 Years Convention of Child Rights, United Nations Listen to Indonesian Children’ Voices

25 Nov 2019

Child participants of the 30 Years Convention of Child Rights are taking photos with Mikiko Otani.

The member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Mikiko Otani visited Jakarta on November 24, 2019, and met some children from Sumatera to Papua. Now, with the End Violence against Children Alliance and National NGOs Coalition for Monitoring Child Rights consisting Save the Children, Terre des Hommes Netherlands, Plan International, Child Funds and Wahana Visi Indonesia, the children consulted in their area and chose their representative to represent their areas to speak up various issues related to child's rights.

There were 13 child groups delivering different child rights issues. Iftia and Afif were two examples of teenagers from Sigi regency, Central Sulawesi that speak up the voice up children in an emergency situation.

“We bring the issue of children in an emergency situation. In our area, there are still children living in a tent because their family do not get any aid. We hope that the government helps us with a new temporary shelter so we have a better place to live,” said Iftia, 15.

Not just children in an emergency situation, some children from Papua, East Sumba, Kupang, Kubu Raya, and Jakarta attended the event and brought their own issues such as violence against children, child marriage, bullying, and others. The representatives from children with a disability also attended the event and spoke up their aspirations.

Mikiko Otani responded to all of the children’s voices well.

“I think the children are courageous enough to speak up their voice. I hope that we can continue to advocate and work with the government to realize their aspiration,” said Mikiko after meeting with the children.

United Nations officially adopted the Convention on Child Rights on November 20, 1989. The convention sets the obligation of the country toward children so they can grow healthy, get an education, be protected, be listened and be equally treated. This year, the Convention on Child Rights is 30 years old. In this 30 years celebration, the government is expected to realize child rights.


Written by Rena Tanjung, Communications Officer, Wahana Visi Indonesia


This article is made as a reminder of the Convention of the Rights of the Child that was made thirty years ago. Thirty years on from the signing of the Convention of the Rights of the Child at the UN, it is crucial that communities, organizations, governments, faith leaders, and individuals come together to finish the work that has been started, to ensure that every child truly receives the rights they’ve been promised.

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