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World Children's Day: How to move forward in guaranteeing your rights?

November 20, 2019
Communications Colunga Foundation

On this day that reminds us of the importance of promoting the well-being of children, Chile is in a process of deep social and political transformation. Process in which childhood cannot be forgotten.

Our country ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, which is governed by four fundamental principles: non-discrimination, the best interests of the child, its survival, development and protection; and participation in decisions that affect them. However, there is still no law that guarantees your rights.

“Chilean adults must fulfill a promise that has been waiting for 30 years, Chile woke up. The alarm was set by our children and adolescents. It is time that we generate changes with a childhood look, ”he says Juan Pablo Venegas, Director of Incidence of World Vision Chile.

Since UNICEF, the Deputy Representative in Chile, Sayo Aoki, He pointed to the same promise: “Since Chile ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a series of regulations aimed at the progressive fulfillment of this international treaty have been promulgated. However, there are still a series of pending legal adjustments, so that the Chilean State can fulfill its obligation to respect, promote, protect and guarantee the rights of all children and adolescents ”.

It is in childhood where many inequities that we see in our society are maintained. According to a report Recently published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 21.1% of minors in Chile are in poverty. “We need to build a country where children are fully respected in their rights and can live with equal opportunities. That is the basis for us to achieve a real change, ”he emphasizes Arturo Celedón, Executive Director of the Colunga Foundation.

While from the Ombudsman for Children, Patricia Muñoz He referred to the importance of incorporating children into the process of creating a new Constitution: “In the new political moment that we started as a country, we reiterate the call to the three powers of the State and to political representatives, that there are permanent instances of participation that allow to attend and collect the opinion of children and adolescents ”.

Undoubtedly, there is still a long way to go and it is as a society that we have to put children and adolescents as a priority, since it is from childhood that the beginning of equality opportunities is marked

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