Rights and participation
All children have the same rights
Child rights are the DNA of our work. Save the Children envisions a world that respects, protects and fulfills children’s rights.
We encourage and facilitate the participation of children in decisions that affect them and their communities.
We advocate with governments and international communities to change policies and practices that violate children's rights.
We work with local communities, governments, foundations, corporations, and national and international agencies to create programs to enable children to exercise their rights and thereby create positive change for the world's children.
Save the Children’s mission since 1919 has been to improve the quality of children's lives through the realization of their rights. Our organizations founder, Eglantynne Jebb, drafted a declaration of the Rights of the Child, a statement of fundamental freedoms and inherent rights of all human beings below the age of 18 which formed the foundation for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the CRC).
The CRC forms the basis of all of Save the Children’s work around the world. Simply put: