On November 20, 1989, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark agreement that laid the foundation for children’s rights around the globe. Today, the CRC is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history; 190 UN Member States have committed to upholding its crucial rights and protections relating to education, child labor, child marriage, and a range of other issues central to children’s health and development.
But 25 years later, how much progress have countries made toward realizing the promise of the CRC? WORLD’s data can help you see which countries have developed legal frameworks to help ensure equal opportunities for all children—and which are falling short. While effective implementation is equally essential, enacting laws and policies that embody the CRC’s principles is a vital step toward fulfilling its potential.
In this section, you’ll find public use data, fact sheets, maps, and infographics that will help you learn how laws can improve children’s lives, see how your country’s policies compare to the rest of the world, and spread the word about the importance of children’s rights on social media. Click on the topics below to access these resources:
To dive into our new Childhood Public Use Dataset, click here for access.
For further analysis, check out WORLD’s new reports, articles, and editorials highlighting key findings and reflecting on the CRC’s 25th anniversary: