1989: Convention on the Rights of the Child

The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child was a significant milestone in the antiquity of
civil liberties. It marked the first time the international community came together to recognize
and protect children’s rights. Prior to this agreement, children were often seen as the property
of their parents or the state, and their rights were not given the same consideration as those of

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was a response to the growing awareness of
children’s priviliges and the need to protect them from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It was
influenced by the work of human rights activists and organizations who had advocated for
children’s rights for decades. These activists highlighted the need for legal protections and
safeguards to ensure that children were treated with dignity and respect and that their rights
were upheld.

Adopting the Child Rights Convention in 1989 was a significant step forward in
protecting children’s rights. It set a global standard for children’s rights and has been ratified
by nearly every country. It has also served as a powerful tool for advocates and organizations
working to improve the lives of children around the globe. The Convention has been
instrumental in raising awareness about children’s rights and has played a significant part in
shaping laws, policies, and practices related to child rights.