On this almost 100th anniversary of women’s rights we are celebrating America’s long hard slog towards equality by inaugurating Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate. Our very first woman!
100 years ago, women were property (legally) and a husband could do just about anything to his wife. Murder was still murder, but anything else was treated by law enforcement much like animal abuse was in the day (not a big deal for the courts to be concerned with).
20 years ago I became a volunteer *CASA guardian ad Litem (voice for the child) in County child protection and saw first hand what it’s like for an American citizen to have no voice in the home, no voice in the courts and no voice in the media.
Over 25 years ago the rest of the world (194 nations) decided that children have basic human rights and begin signing the International Rights of the Child Treaty. Under this document, children are to have the rights to education, safety and well being including not to be made soldiers and not to be enslaved).
America is the only nation in the world that has not signed this agreement, largely because we still demand that southern states continue to militarize youth as young as eleven through military schools. Brief Overview of the Treaty;
All children have the rights guaranteed by the Convention, without discrimination of any kind.
“The child shall enjoy all the rights set forth in this Declaration. Every child, without any exception whatsoever, shall be entitled to these rights, without distinction or discrimination on account of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, whether of himself or of his family.”
These rights are:
- Development with dignity
- A name and nationality
- Access to food, housing, and medical care
- Special care if handicapped
- Love and understanding
- A free education
- Care in dangerous situations
- Peace, love, and friendship
*Court Appointed Special Advocate
What follows are a sampling of key differences in how children are valued in our nation and the rest of the industrialized world and what we need to do to make life better for America’s children.
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