Vow of silence

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Vow of silence

  1. 1. What is Vow of Silence? • Free The Children’s annual Vow of Silence campaign encourages youth to stand in solidarity with their peers around the world who have been silenced by not having their rights upheld. • On November 20, the anniversary of the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, campaign participants will remain silent for 24 hours to draw attention to children’s rights and to raise funds to support Free The Children’s development projects overseas.
  2. 2. How Does It Work? • The Vow of Silence campaign can be done individually or as a group. • Remaining silent can simply mean not speaking or it can go as far as no communication of any kind: no e-mail, text messages, writing notes, sign language, etc. • After the 24-hour Vow is complete, participants are encouraged to break their silence in style by throwing events at their schools or in their communities that celebrate action on children’s rights.
  3. 3. Why Participate? • This is your opportunity to stand up for children whose rights are being ignored. • By spreading awareness and supporting Free The Children’s projects, you can help children achieve their right to an education and help their families access clean water, quality health care and sustainable sources of income.
  4. 4. Who Can Participate? • Everyone! Individuals, schools and community groups can all participate in the Vow of Silence and stand up for children’s rights. • The campaign is meant to reach as many people as possible so start spreading the word through Facebook and Twitter to encourage others to learn about the issues affecting our world. encourage others to learn about the issues affecting our world.
  5. 5. Stand Up For Children's Rights! • 121 million primary-school aged children are denied the opportunity to attend school; most of these children are girls. • 218 million children around the world work as child labourers; 126 million of them work in hazardous conditions. • An estimated 300,000 boys and girls are exploited by armies during times of conflict, forced to act as soldiers, sex slaves and servants. • Every day, 30,000 children die from poverty-related causes.
  6. 6. On November 19th YOU can stand up for children's rights and make a difference. Are you strong enough?
  7. 7. On November 19th YOU can stand up for children's rights and make a difference. Are you strong enough?

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