Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie says she hopes to empower youngsters worldwide with instruments to “fight back” for their rights with an e-book she has written with Amnesty International.
“Know Your Rights and Claim Them” – written with human rights lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren, one of many authentic drafters of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – goals to equip children with the data to problem injustices safely.
“So many children are in harm’s way across the world, and we’re simply not doing enough,” Jolie instructed Reuters in an interview. “These are their rights, decided years ago based on what would make them healthy, balanced, safe, and stable adults.”
Jolie, the particular envoy for UN refugee company UNHCR, mentioned she hoped the e-book would additionally remind governments of their dedication to the worldwide treaty enshrining youngsters’ civil, social, political, and financial rights.
“We spent a lot of time blocking those rights, so this book is to help the kids have a tool book to say ‘these are your rights, these are things you need to question to see how far you, depending on your country and circumstance, are from accessing those rights, what are your obstacles, others that came before you and fought, ways you can fight.’ So it’s a handbook to fight back.”
The mother-of-six mentioned she put up the UN conference in her house for her youngsters. However, she was stunned to be taught her nation, the United States, has not ratified it.
“That infuriated me and made me start to question what does that mean? So for each country, what is this idea of, you have the right to an education … but then why are so many children out of school? Why is it the girls in Afghanistan are being harmed if they go?” she mentioned.
The e-book addresses identification, justice, schooling, and safety from hurt, amongst different points. It supplies steering on changing into an activist, protected, and a glossary of phrases and organizations.
“Through the book, you have to find your path forward because we are very concerned about the safety of children. We don’t want children just running around screaming for their rights and putting themselves in danger,” Jolie mentioned.
The e-book is peppered with examples of highly effective younger voices from around the globe, together with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, local weather activist Greta Thunberg and 15-year-old Palestinian journalist Janna Jihad.
“I was trying to … show the world what Palestinian children face daily,” Jihad, who lives within the village of Nabi Salih, within the Israeli-occupied West Bank, instructed Jolie and different younger activists in a video name, attended by Reuters, the place they mentioned their marketing campaign work.