Universal Children’s Day — which is also known as National Children’s Day in Canada — is Nov. 20, and there are several ways you can participate in supporting the work done by UNICEF on behalf of children all over the world.
UNICEF Canada is a non- governmental organization whose main vision is "to be an advocate for the protection and realization of children’s rights everywhere, with no exceptions."
UNICEF’s mission, for those of us fortunate enough to call Canada home is to "mobilize and empower Canadians to invest in the positive transformation of every child’s future."
There are many ways to partner with UNICEF to ensure children’s advocacy continues in countries where children still have little, or no voice at all.
UNICEF relies on donations to pursue its advocacy work in over 190 countries, which enables the agency to provide disaster relief, food security, immunizations, health care, education, and clean water to the most vulnerable. If you are looking for meaningful Christmas gifts this year, visit the UNICEF Canada website and consider purchasing blankets for babies, school essentials, or help rehabilitate a child soldier.
Also consider writing your local MPs and asking them to support a Children’s Commissioner.
You can also use social media to your voice heard on Nov. 20. You can tweet @UNICEFLive with the hashtag #timetobeheard, and share what you would like to see happen for children’s rights in the coming months and years. You can also visit UNICEF’s Facebook page and leave your own personal "wish" on National Children’s Day.
Join the conversation and take action on behalf of children here in our local communities and in our global community as well. On November 20th it’s your time to be heard.
Kelley Sookram is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia.