Children’s rights: everyone has a role to play

Tout le monde a un role a jouer

Every year, 20 November marks the World Children’s Day and provides an opportunity to promote children’s rights around the world. On this occasion, the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBCR) wanted to draw the public’s attention to the fact that the protection and promotion of children’s rights is everyone’s responsibility, and that we all have a role to play in our daily lives!  

With this in mind, the IBCR organised a two-day face-to-face event in Montreal – the first since 2019, in compliance with the distance measures in force – in order to provide information on the means of action so that everyone can act at their own level for children’s rights.  

Children’s rights is a complex subject that can lead one to believe that only dedicated organisations, specialists, professionals or elected politicians are in a position to act in favour of them and to change things when they are not respected. Yet everyone has a role to play in promoting children’s rights, whether you are a parent, a family member, a friend, a teacher or a baker! We interact with children in our daily lives, whether at work, on the road, in our free time, or in our families, and in doing so we can do our part to respect children’s rights, and make sure that everyone else does the same.  

In an exhibition presented to both adults and children, the IBCR has put together a number of ways in which everyone can take action for children’s rights. Discussion tables were also scattered throughout the space in order to present the actions carried out by the IBCR and its partners in Quebec and around the world to promote children’s rights and strengthen their protection.  

For those who could not attend, have a look at the event in a short video: 

Special attention was given to one of the possible actions: international volunteering.  

Last year, the IBCR launched its international volunteering programme PRIDE, which allows professionals to put their time and expertise at the service of children’s rights for a few weeks or several months, alongside our partner organisations and institutions in 11 countries. 

Two sessions were held to present international volunteering, on the one hand with a sharing of experiences by former volunteers, and on the other hand with a presentation of the international volunteering programme PRIDE and the volunteering opportunities available.  

For those who could not attend, both sessions were recorded:  

Video > What does volunteering mean to you? & Learn more about international volunteering with PRIDE (in french)

Thank you to those who visited us at the event, we were delighted to reconnect with you after over two years of virtual events. 

A big thank you to our volunteers and to the team at Tandem Communications, without whom this event would not have been possible.  

Remember, you too have a role to play for children’s rights! 

The PRIDE project is carried out with the financial support of :