On October 31, 1952, the International Union for the Welfare of Children (IUCW) proposed to the United Nations (UN) to designate World Children’s Day. The following year, the UN General Assembly unanimously decided to establish a World Children’s Day, assigning the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote the holiday around the world.
On November 20, 1959, at the 14th session of the UN General Assembly, the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted. At the same time, the UN officially declares November 20 as World Children’s Day and calls on all countries to annually celebrate the holiday as “Day for World Brotherhood and Understanding among Children.”
On November 20, 1989, at the 44th session of the UN General Assembly, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted – a global treaty on the recognition and protection of the rights of the child, signed by the leaders of 54 countries.
For sixth consecutive year, on this day National Network for Children is holding the youth forum “VOICE IT, opinion of importance”. The event, which is organized in partnership with the Youth Network Megaphone and UNICEF Bulgaria, this year took place with a direct livestream on the Facebook page of the National Network for Children.
The message of this year’s Voice it is: “Discrimination does not suit you”, and the ambition of the forum is to provoke a discussion on the topic of different types of discrimination.
The popular Bulgarian actor, director and playwright Hovhannes Torosyan, the colorful dancer from “Bulgaria is looking for talent” – Remy Toin, the chairman and co-founder of the “Voice” Foundation – Simeon Vassilev joined the conversation about discrimination. In the discussion, expert opinion was shared by Daniela Zhitarska, a Gestalt therapist, and Julia Radanova, a lawyer from the NNC Legal Aid Network. Children and young people also participated with positions, ideas and questions on the topic.
The young musical talents: Valeria Stoyanova, Rayno Mishov and Agleya Kaneva from the Association for Support of Children, Plovdiv, presented their performances.
National Network for Children co-hosted a webinar “Why and how does the protection of children’s rights strengthen our democracies?”
On World Children’s Day, National Network for Children co-hosted Eurochild in a webinar on: Why and how does the protection of children’s rights strengthen our democracies? A special guest was the Bulgarian Minister of Labor and Social Policy – Denitsa Sacheva. Georgi Bogdanov, Executive Director of the National Network for Children, and Milena Radoytseva, a volunteer at the Bulgarian Center for Safe Internet, a participant in Megaphone and a representative in the Children’s Council of the international network Eurochild, joined in.
The webinar discussed the following topics: Where is the intersection between children’s rights and democracy, the challenges facing the children’s rights movement in Bulgaria and how the forthcoming EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child can help governments realize their commitment to the rights of the child?