When I typed in the URL for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, I was surprised that, in fact, these rights were laid out in an easy-to-read, brightly colored and illustrated PDF that was tailor-made for any kid who knew how to read. Upon reading these rights, the child-friendly format made perfect sense to me; since every child has rights, as illustrated by this document, it is of the upmost importance that they know about these articles in order to “make choices and exercise [them].” And how else can they do that but in an accessible format and language? The fact that this document can easily be read by children is, in of itself, upholding their right to “know [their] rights”(Article 42) and “to get information that is important to [their] well-being” (Article 17).
Since these rights, and how they are presented, should be obvious after any initial surprise, the reading of CRC 25th Anniversary was more shocking. First, that it’s only been approximately 28 years since a foundation was laid “for children’s rights around the globe,” but most shocking of all, that the United States of America has not ratified the CRC.