Sustainable Development Goals
NEW DELHI, 20 November 2017– According to a new survey released by UNICEF on World Children’s Day, when children were asked how they felt when decisions are made that affect them, Indian children report feeling the most empowered, with 52 percent of them believing their voices are heard and that their opinions can affect the future of their country. When the same question was posed to children in 14 other countries, 50 percent reported feeling disenfranchised.
Violence against children, access to healthcare, and poor education are among the biggest concerns for children in India, according to the report. Poverty, bullying or mistreatment and natural disasters emerged as the other main worries. 51 percent of children aged between 9 to 12 admitted worrying a lot about violence affecting children across the world, and 43 percent of 13-18 respondents feel concerned a lot over being personally affected by violence. The results also reveal that 91 percent of Indian children believe the world would be a better place if world leaders listened to children’s voices.
“It is clear that children are acutely aware of the challenges their peers across the world face, and it is also apparent that they are afraid of being affected by these issues themselves,” said Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative to India.
Some of the key findings across India include:
1. Indian children worry about:
2. Children in India want world leaders to take action on terrorism (24 percent), poverty (16 percent), poor education (16 percent), violence against children (10 percent) and threats to nature (10 percent).
3. Less than half – 45 percent children believe their opinion is appreciated by world leaders, while 91 percent believe the world would be a better place if children’s voices were listened to by world leaders.
The survey was carried out in 14 countries across the world among more than 11,000 children between 9 and 18 years old. The findings across all 14 countries reveal children feel very concerned about global issues affecting their peers and them personally, including violence, terrorism, conflict/wars, unfair treatment of refugees and migrants, and poverty.
Some of the key findings across 14 countries where the survey was carried out include:
This World Children’s Day, UNICEF aims to empower children to ‘take over’ and come together to speak out on the issues that are most important to them. This is a day for children, by children. UNICEF hopes World Children’s Day will inspire governments, businesses and communities across the world to listen to children and incorporate their opinions into decision-making processes that affect them.
“It’s a fun day with a serious point. A day for children by children to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential,” said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director.
“It is our duty to listen to children and recommit ourselves to the goal of seeing every child treated fairly and living free from oppression,” he added.
For UNICEF India and its work visit www.unicef.in.