20th November marks the International Children’s Day. This day not only demands us to celebrate the joyfulness and pleasure that children bring into our lives but also for us to ponder whether we’re playing our part in safeguarding the rights of children or not. It is noteworthy that the word “children” is not only restricted to our sons and daughters and nieces and nephews. It’s beyond that!
We all tend to be extremely segregated when it comes to our viewpoint and perception; some of us take pride in being modern and liberal whereas some show their adherence to religious principles. Whether we’re liberals or religious, we make a point to raise our voice in case of social injustices. Be it the Peshawar school attack or the recent Kasur incident. We flood the social media with statuses and tweets condemning these hideous acts. However, we tend to turn a blind eye when we see children working at garages, local restaurants or even at our homes. At the age where everyone deserves affection, sense of security, and nurturance, these children are subjected to verbal accusations and physical abuse. What they undergo in their childhood leaves permanent imprints on their lives. From a very early age, they suffer from anxiety, negative self-image, and low self-esteem. The problem that these children are ignored unless they receive an international acclamation and recognition. Be it Arfa Karim or Malala Yousufzai. We only value them after they have died or fled the country.
Even on a small level, we devalue our children if they fail to meet our unrealistic expectations. Comparing them with other children and pressurizing them to attain the unattainable, we completely ignore the fact that children aren’t made to function as adults. We want our children to perfect in school, be athletic, and be highly ethical all at the same time. This is wrong on so many levels. Molding and shaping them according to our desires, isn’t that violation of their rights too? All children are intelligent in their own ways. How difficult is it for us to accept our children for who they are?
This Children’s Day let us all pledge to take a stand for the rights of all the children around the world, to put an end to child labor and abuse and violation of their rights. Our acts may be little and seem insignificant at first, but they will create an everlasting ripple of change.
About the Author:
Sanam Hasnani is an intern at Learning Minds Group. She is currently pursuing her bachelors in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Management.