Establishment of systems and the definition of obligations in global and national contexts for the prevention and protection of all humanity against inequalities, discrimination, violence and exploitation, have been the aim of people, institutions and states throughout the centuries. Over time, due to the typical characteristics and differences of individuals need for specific standards and responsibilities emerged. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, is a groundbreaking international document in this respect. However, the necessity of the fulfillment and protection of the rights and freedoms of children to be treated more specifically than adults have commenced the works on distinct conceptualization for children and preparation of a document specific to children. As a result, on November 20, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child with a unanimous vote. Thus, obligations and duties have been assigned to the states to ensure that the rights of children all around the world, including right to life, development, protection and participation, are recognized and secured.
Within the framework of the principles and values of the Development Workshop Cooperative, which carries out rights-based work in the field of social development, Child Rights Workshop aims to carry out activities in Turkey for the prevention of the violations of children rights and violence against children under the guidance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which states in its first article that “a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years”.
Objectives of Child Rights Workshop:
• Render different types of violence against children visible
• Fight against all forms of child labour
• Awareness raising for gender balanced development
• Indicator base monitoring
• Development of creative, feasible, realistic strategies and methods for child rights
• Data collection and research
• Evidence-based reporting
• Information management and knowledge sharing for awareness raising
• Partnership and collaborations