It has been over twenty years since the initiation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with most countries now being signatories, however the scale of abuses against children is still great, some conscious and some unconscious abuses due to lack of knowledge on children’s rights. This new KidsRights Index may at least ‘name and shame’ some countries into taking the CRC and its implementation more seriously.
|International Launch of the KidsRights Index
KidsRights FoundationOn 19th November 2013 the KidsRights Index was launched at the Peace Palace, The Hague, the Netherlands. The KidsRights Index is an initiative by the KidsRights Foundation and the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Erasmus School of Economics and International Institute of Social Studies).
The KidsRights Index is the first global ranking on how countries are adhering to children’s rights. The KidsRights Index is concrete, compact, constructive and adaptable. The country-ranking will be published yearly and will be made available to the public through a comprehensive website. New dimensions may be added over time to enrich the index. Country-specific recommendations can be made on the basis of the KidsRights Index.
The KidsRights Index draws on two key available sources of information: firstly, the Concluding Observations adopted by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and secondly, UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children reports. The Concluding Observations complement the available quantitative data by adding information on the key general requirements of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These requirements are crucial for establishing an adequate formal enabling environment for children’s rights in a country. They extend to the general CRC principles that are prescribed for all implementation efforts (non-discrimination, best interests of the child, respect for the views of the child) and to the structural provision of legislation, budget, data and state-civil society cooperation.
To view the KidsRights Index, please click here.