Hollywood actor-director Angelina Jolie has joined forces with Amnesty International to come up with a new book that teaches children and teenagers about their rights and empowers them to speak out against injustice.
Titled ‘Know Your Rights and Claim Them’, the book explains what child rights are, equips young people with the knowledge they need to protect themselves and others, and shows how governments are failing to uphold their commitment to child rights.
The publication is in collaboration with Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC, one of the original drafters of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“If governments kept their word, and if all adults respected children’s rights, there would be no need for this book. Children have rights just as adults do and they should have the power and agency to claim them,” said Angelina Jolie.
“Know Your Rights and Claim Them is the book some adults don’t want children to read, as it will arm them with the knowledge to defend their rights and those of others…It’s time to remind the world of its commitment to children’s rights.”
There are about 2.3 billion children in the world, nearly a third of the total human population. Given the devastating impact of the global pandemic on children and young people, it’s never been more crucial to arm them with the knowledge they deserve. This is their right – and it’s time for the world to listen and act.
“We must all tackle the human rights issues of today, with an eye on the future, knowing we are accountable to the world of 2030. Not only must we ask ourselves – ‘how are our actions impacting the children of tomorrow?’ – we need to make sure that children are setting the agenda for the years to come. That can only happen if they know their rights and how to claim them,” Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said.
The book is now available in bookshops in the UK, and available for pre-order in USA, Australia, New Zealand and Greece, with other countries including South Korea, Denmark and Germany following close behind. (Source: Amnesty Intl.)