Why are children’s rights not just like any other human right? The role of families and communities

This article was originally published on http://embode.co/news/why-are-childrens-rights-not-other-hu. By all accounts, children’s rights are the least contested of all human rights. If you were to walk into a crowded room anywhere in the world and proclaim, ‘All children should have the same protection and human rights as adults!’ Few would disagree with you. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child[1], with its almost universal ratification,[2] has been heralded by many as the triumph of the major UN Human Rights Conventions. Yet, the state of children in the world remains deplorable. An estimated 500 million to 1.5 billion children fall victim to some form of violence every year.[3]

When children are at school, they are not on the cocoa farm

World Day Against Child Labour Repost from original article written for Cocoa Life Indonesia is the third-largest cocoa producer in the world after Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and a significant sourcing region for Mondelēz International. Embode recently undertook its third assessment on child labour in cocoa for Mondelēz International in Indonesia. (Executive summary can be downloaded here) With our work now completed in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia, we are able to see some important differences in these three countries, which may be useful to consider in responding to child labour in cocoa. Just as the quality of a cocoa bean will differ depending on the soil in which it is grown, the co

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