Child labour, parental abuse and child rights were some of the issues raised by around 30 children from across the globe at the Annual Day of General Discussion, held on September 15 in Geneva.
This was a part of the United Nations Committee’s conclave on ‘The Right of the Child to be heard’. Two young child rights ambassadors from India, nine-year-old Archana Bisht and 12-year old Laxman Singh Negi, from Chamoli, Uttaranchal, took part in the conclave and are back with fond memories.
It was a great platform and we presented our views in front of so many people, they said at a press conference in the Capital on Tuesday. “I now hope to create awareness among my colleagues, parents and teachers in my community regarding child rights and participation in local bodies,” Laxman said.
“They also got to know about the problems their counterparts face,” said an officer from Plan India, the organisation that provided these two students with this platform.
At the closing ceremony of the conclave, Laxman’s cartoon strip on “whether children should be consulted before parents remarry” got a standing ovation.
The strip will be published in a book by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.