Make 1st of June a holiday for all children

The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925. After the conference, different governments around the world decided to declare that day as Children’s Day to draw attention to children’s issues.

Therefore, Universal Children’s Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are. We want to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, discrimination, exploitation.

There is a fact that children are used as laborers in some countries, immersed in armed conflict. They are suffering by differences be it religion, minority issues, or disabilities. Children are feeling the effects of wars and/or suffer physical and psychological trauma. The following violations are described in the term “children and armed conflict”: recruitment and child soldiers, killing/maiming of children, abduction of children, attacks on schools/hospitals and not allowing humanitarian access to children. Can it not be 1st June for them also?

What about children with disabilities? What if we said NO to discrimination? Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society.

I asked parents at „Marie Curie Children’s Hospital,Bucharest,Romania” what is their opinion about how the world sees their children and they have responded: „I just want people to see my child the way I see him: normal, happy, smart. He has a physical condition, that doesn’t change him as a person. People need to see past that.”

„Best Buddies” wants to make a difference on this year’s 1st June so let’s make that difference together.

 

Mihaela Țolea
University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”

 

 

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