Angelina Jolie and Amnesty, book on the rights of girls and boys
Actress, “young people have as much rights as adults”
On November 20, 1989 in New York theUnited Nations General Assembly approves the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is an international regulatory instrument that promotes and protects the rights of minors and puts them at the center of choices for the future. What is left of all that work, what has really been carried out? Do our boys and girls today know what their rights are?
From this reflection came the project that became a book: “Defend your rights! A guide for girls and boys” published by Feltrinelli. Angelina Jolie and Amnesty International have joined forces to let boys and girls know their rights and remind the world that it has commitments on children’s rights.
It comes out in Italy on November 8 for Feltrinelliwith Amnesty International Italia, written in collaboration with Professor Geraldine Van Buerenone of the original editors of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“This is a book that some adults would not want to be read by the boys, because it gives them the knowledge to defend their rights and those of others “said Angelina Jolie. The guide illustrates the basic concepts of children’s rights as it emerged from the 1989 Convention, adopted to give them the the right to speak and participate in all decisions that affect them. “If governments kept their word and if adults respected children’s rights, there would be no need for this book. Boys and girls they have as much rights as adults and they must have the power and the knowledge to demand it, “Jolie explained.
“In 1989 governments put down their pledges to defend children’s rights, but many of them still don’t listen to the voices of boys and girls. In some states, nine-year-old girls are forced to marry. Worldwide, over 61 million girls and boys are not in primary school. In 2019, one in six boys or girls lived in extreme poverty and this proportion has increased sharply during the pandemic, “he stressed again Angelina Jolie who is UNHCR ambassador.
The book also features a series of tools on how to get active and the stories of activists and activists who are driving a change in favor of human rights: from the fight against climate change to access to education, from gun violence to discrimination. This is the case of Khairiyah Rahmanyah, 19, born into a fishing family along the coasts of southern Thailand who in 2020 launched a campaign to thwart a government development plan that would transform his village into an industrial center.
“There are no words to explain how I feel about being part of this book,” Khairiyah said. The authors “intend to have the book published in every language and in every state”. There are 2.3 billion minors in the world, almost a third of the world population. Given the devastating impact the pandemic has had on them, it is more crucial than ever to provide them with the tools and knowledge they need. “We must address all issues that concern human rights today with an eye to the future, knowing that we will have to answer for the world that will be in 2030. Not only must we ask ourselves how our actions will impact the boys and girls of the future, but we also need to be sure they are setting the agenda for years to come. For this to happen, they need to know their rights and know how to claim them, “he said Agnès Callamard, general secretary of Amnesty International. And he added: “Amnesty International is committed to ensuring that their rights are a priority for governments around the world” and “that’s why they exist, in addition to this book, online human rights education courses involving young activists and activists“. Together with the book, Amnesty International Italia has launched the specific online course” An introduction to children’s rights “.