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Worldwide vigil for childrens rights
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Friday, 26 April 2002
On May 8-10, the UN will be hosting the most important childrens event since the 1990 World Summit for Children. Heads of State and top officials will be meeting in New York to decide on the international communitys commitments to children for the next decade, and to take stock of the current situation. Many of the promises that sparkled so brightly in 1990 have gone unfulfilled. Now, instead of looking for ways to finally live up to those promises, many governments would like to simply forget them. Therefore we must make our voices heard around the world in support of children, to ensure that their needs are properly addressed! Throughout the world, millions of children are denied their fundamental rights. Hundreds of millions of children dont have the chance to learn to read or write. Countless children suffer unspeakable physical, sexual or psychological abuse. Many children are denied access to the health care that could save their lives. Most children from minority groups face discrimination every single day. Very young children are being exploited as cheap and disposable child labourers.
This is why we are calling for candlelight vigils across the globe on May 8 to remind all governments that the promises made to children are a sacred trust. We will show the world that
we care about the rights of all children and we want them protected. We will especially call on the US government to join the international community in finally ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The vigils will start in cities and towns after sunset on May 8 to show global support for this issue. These events will be a memorable experience for everyone involved and a clear message to the world. We hope that we can count on your participation and support to make the vigils a stunning success. Please visit
our website to read more about the vigils and the UN Special Session. If you and your friends will join us in organising a vigil, please let us know by clicking below and sending in your response form (http://globalmarch.org/childrights/feedback/form5.html).

The candles that we light together around the world will bring us all closer to the day every child is secured with education, health, safety and happiness.

In Solidarity for Childrens Rights,

Kailash Satyarthi
Global March Against Child Labour

Source and contact: http://www.globalmarch.org
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