A historical timeline to understand children’s rights evolution througout time

As 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 25th birthday of our organisation, it was the opportunity to assess the situation and progress in the area. Where do we stand today in terms of children’s rights? Among several tools and events created with this in mind, the International Bureau for Children’s Rights designed a historical timeline. 

From the 18th century to the presend day, this document traces the evolution of children’s rights as well as the key dates in the development of these rights and the Bureau’s major actions. From a child being its parents’ “property” to a child capable of taking charge of and defending his or her rights and becoming a full actor in the process, the rights of the child have evolved in an unprecedented way over the last few centuries. Yet much remains to be done to ensure that all the world’s children enjoy their rights fully, equally and in all circumstances.

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