Thank you for joining us in the Campaign!
Here are a few ideas to help you move the Children's Rights Convention (CRC) toward ratification and implementation.
- Talk with your friends and colleagues about it.
- Raise public awareness about the CRC, and about the need to ratify it.
- Ask the President to begin the State Department Review process to prepare his recommendation for ratification.
- Tell your Senator how you feel about the CRC and about ratification. They need to hear from you in order to feel that this matters to their constituents.
- Ask other elected officials at all levels of government to push the Senate toward ratification.
- Do some of these activities on November, 20 Universal Children's Day and publicize what you've done.
- Donate to the Campaign.
- Participate in the Campaign's list serve, meeting and special events.
- Keep us informed about what you're doing, so we can help you and bring you together with other Campaign supporters for a stronger voice.
- Involve children and youth in your activities, to give them a sense of helping to improve their rights.
10 Points to Remember
- Many people are aware of the troubling status of US children and want to help, but they do not know how to get started.
- Parents, families and guardians are often viewed as the cause of and solution to issues concerning children.
- People have difficulty discerning the relationship between all US children and the future of the nation. They cannot connect issues affecting children to policies and programs.
- Messages incorporating key phrases, such as "invest in children", "investment in prevention", and "children are the leaders of tomorrow", resound with the general public.
- When discussing issues affecting individuals between 12 and 18 years of age, people respond more positively to the terms "youth" and "adolescents" than to "teens" and "teenagers."
- Negative news, urgent messages, and blaming politicians convey a sense of hopelessness. It is imperative to balance facts with solutions.
- The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an aspirational document and a critical tool. It is not a panacea.
- Implementation of the CRC has led governments to change and formulate laws, policies and programs to meet the specific needs of children in their country.
- The CRC is an instrument that benefits all children regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, culture, religion, and socioeconomic status.
- With US endorsement of the CRC, the world would stand united in its universally shared goal to protect and promote children's best interests.