The KidsRights Index indicates how well countries adhere to children’s rights. The seventh edition of the Index was published recently and it shows that just because a country’s economy is doing well, it does not always result in an improvement in children’s rights. Continue to read to check your country performance!
What is the KidsRights Index?
The KidsRights Index is a list that indicates how well countries adhere to children’s rights. How are countries trying to improve children’s rights? Do child refugees, disabled children and street children have a place in society? Do children have a say in matters that concern them? Do they have the opportunity to take action? Child participation is important but often still lacking.
Some countries are more developed than others. The index takes this into account. This is why a country might score lower than expected. Because it spends less money on children’s rights than it could for example.
The Index lists all countries which have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, on which enough information is available. Currently, 181 countries are listed. The KidsRights Index is composed in collaboration with the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Not enough focus on children’s rights!
Some (economically) well-developed countries rank lower on the KidsRights Index than you might expect. The United Kingdom and New Zealand are two examples. These countries do not look out for the best interest of children as well as they should and children do not have enough opportunity to voice their opinion. They do not spend enough money on children’s rights, even though it is available. Discrimination against children from minority groups, like refugees, also reduces a country’s rank on the list.
Just because a country’s economy is doing well, does not always result in an improvement in children’s rights. China, Myanmar, and India for example, all fell on the list even though they saw the greatest economic growth between 2010 and 2016. China does not spend enough money on children’s rights, in Myanmar education has deteriorated and India has too many underweight children below the age of five.
Thailand and Tunisia are examples of countries with less money to spend but who still score well on the Index. Because they, for example, instituted new rules that comply better with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
You can use it as inspiration for your changemaking idea or project!