Celebrating 30 years of the UNCRC!
The rights of children and young people are at the heart of everything we do. We believe that every girl has the right to reach their full potential and that’s why we’re celebrating 30 years of the UNCRC!
We caught up with one of our MSYPs Abbie for a quick Q&A to break down why the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (an international law that sets out the rights of children and young people) is important and why today’s anniversary is special!
Q. In your opinion, why is it important that the UNCRC is incorporated into Scots law?
A. It’s really important and right now the Scottish Government is working towards this becoming a reality very soon! My role as an MSYP is all about listening to and representing the views of young people and giving them a voice. Incorporating the UNCRC into Scots law will ensure that children’s rights are always respected and protected, that adults listen to young people and their opinions are heard. It should reduce discrimination and make sure that every child is treated equally.
Q. Can you imagine a perfect world where young people’s rights are always respected and enshrined in law? What would that look like?
A. In a perfect world all young people would be treated equally, with no discrimination, they’d have equal education opportunities and the right to express their own views and opinion whenever they needed to. All children would have appropriate standards of living and would be protected from violence and exploitation, while being able to relax, play and have fun. Children would be happy, safe and protected from things which may harm them. This is how it should be.
Q. What difference would having the UNCRC being incorporated into Scots law make to you and other young people?
A. It would mean that adults have to really listen to young people and respect their views and that children will have a say on what happens to them. It will also mean that the government has to protect children from violence and abuse. All decisions that affect children must be made in their best interests and the government must do all they can to ensure children develop to their full potential. Sounds like a pretty great deal to me!