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Article 12

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 12, states that children should be allowed to express their views on things affecting them, and those views should be taken into account.

Article 12
1. States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.

Hi everyone, 

I am a 14 year old who thinks that we shouldn’t sit back and accept things you don’t like. When I was 8, I was in Hong Kong during three months of student protests for democracy and I spent a lot of time walking around their camps. Then when I was in Year 6 I lodged a complaint about having too much homework in my school.

In March 2019 I went to the School Strike for Climate Action. I had to do some research before I went the first time because my parents said I wasn’t allowed to go unless I really agreed with what the protesters wanted, and unless I wrote to my school principal explaining why I was going to miss school.

One of the things that made me want to do this was hearing the Prime Minister at the time say that kids should not protest and there should be ‘more learning and less activism in schools’.

This made me realise that there are lots of issues that are important to kids and that we should have our say. And that we have the right to have our say.

So I’ve set up this website to give kids some tools to have their say effectively. These tools work whether you are trying to change the world, or just trying to change something at school that you think is unfair.

On this website, I have some of the letters that my sister and I have written, and the responses that we got to show you some of the things that have worked (and haven’t worked) for us.

I am also interested in hearing from kids on what issues are important to them. We would like to tell grownups like politicians, who make decisions, what those issues are and what we would like the grownups to do.

From, Zari

P.S remember you can DM us on instagram or comment any of your experiences with activism, and I can even make a page on this site about it. Thanks!

15 replies on “Article 12”

This is amazing! Thank you so much for making this website, so I can finally fight for what I believe in and make people listen. You did a spectacular job with making this website. 🙂

This is such a great idea. If only adults weren’t so obstinate and would actually believe that children have great ideas. Hopefully, this progresses into something that benefits the world. Great initiative Zari!

It’s great that there are some people in this world that sees how the grownups are screwing up our world, this initiative is amazing and i hope it progresses! Good job Zari

Hello Zari! This is an amazing idea, your initiative is admirable! I hope this website gets a lot of attention 🙂

This is amazing and inspiring to read. Keep doing what your doing and everyone will stand up with you like I am sure many of us already do. This is an amazing accomplishment. Well done! 🙂

Hey Zari! I think it’s so so so amazing what you’re doing and it deserves a lot of attention. It takes a lot of courage and initiative to do something like this and it’s incredible. I’m reaching out to some people that I think will be interested as this is so important. Thanks for all your hard work! 🙂

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