Let’s Make a Nation of Unfearties! Together and Children’s Parliament launch joint ‘Call to Action’
Date: 19th October 2018
Category: General principles, Awareness-raising, Incorporation
What is an Unfeartie?
Unfearties are people who are courageous in discussing children’s issues, make a difference in children’s lives and speak up for them so that children growing up in Scotland are healthy, happy and safe. Anyone with an interest in children’s rights is invited to become an Unfeartie adhering to six basic principles:
· Listen to children and view them as capable assets to their community
· Strive to ensure children’s voices are heard and challenge infringements of human dignity
· Help children and adults learn the values of honesty, empathy, respect and social justice
· Promote greater awareness and understanding of children’s rights
· Support children who want to become children’s human rights defenders
· Speak up about the Unfeartie role and spread the message about how to join our movement
As highlighted by Rona Blackwood and Chelsea Stinson from Children’s Parliament in the call to action, “many adults – from community workers and school bus drivers through to police officers and politicians – are Unfearties in practice and take every step they can to uphold children’s rights”. Juliet Harris, Together’s Director, reemphasised the need for full incorporation of children’s rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law to make children’s rights binding and not guiding.
A further 24 calls are being launched during October including those from Together’s members, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, respectme and Starcatchers. All 25 calls to action are featured in the Children in Scotland’s October-November 2018 edition of their bi-monthly magazine. Together provided editorial support to this special anniversary edition to highlight how each call to action is underpinned by specific articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Read each of the calls as they are announced this month by following the hashtag #25calls on twitter and on the website here.