Today when I visited Google’s homepage here in South Africa I was surprised to learn that today is International Children’s Day. Here in South Africa the day is usually celebrated on the first Saturday of November and not in the middle of November, but alas Google have chosen to mark the day today by celebrating Universal Children’s Day and as a result millions of children around the world will be glad to see that today is in recondition of their rights.
In the Children’s Day doodle there are several kids looking happy and excited about today, being alive and being loved. In South Africa and in the rest of the world there are millions of happy children, that are well taken care of but there is also abused children across the Globe, and today is creating awareness of Children rights and the movements against children abuse.
Children’s Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an “appropriate” day. Major global variants include a Universal Children’s Day on November 20, by United Nations recommendation.
Universal Children’s Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
Children are used as laborers in some countries, immersed in armed conflict, living on the streets, suffering by differences be it religion, minority issues, or disabilities.
Children feeling the effects of war can be displaced because of the armed conflict and/or suffer physical and psychological trauma.
The following violations are described in the term “children and armed conflict”: recruitment and child soldiers, killing/maiming of children, abduction of children, attacks on schools/hospitals and not allowing humanitarian access to children.
Currently there are about 153 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 who are forced into child labor.
The International Labor Organization in 1999 adopted the Prohibition and Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor including slavery, child prostitution and child pornography.
Buy a Google Doodle Children’s Day T-Shirt
Many people may not know that Google sells T-Shirts of their Google Doodles. Today’s Google Children’s Day Google Doodle makes the ideal gift for children, most children love T-Shirts and they love Google Doodles. To buy a Google Doodle T-Shirt, simply visit the
. This will make a great Christmas Gift for Children!