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Challenging perceptions of street children


A young girl in India © Jenny Matthews for the Alliance

Every day millions of children around the world who are working or living on the streets face violence, abuse and exclusion.

Children find themselves on the streets for many different reasons, and have to cope with daily discrimination and violations of their rights.

The International Day for Street Children is celebrated every year on 12 April. The day provides a platform for the millions of street children around the world - and their champions - to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.

Recognising rights

This year’s theme is ‘challenging perceptions’ of street children.

One of the greatest challenges faced by a street child is being recognised and treated as someone with rights. Street children have the same potential as other children when given the opportunity.

We are encouraging people to question what they think they know about street children.  To mark the day the Consortium for Street Children wants to ensure street children are not ignored and is asking governments, NGOs and the public to sign a pledge to stand up for the rights of street children.

On the consortium’s website you can find further information about how to get involved.

Please support the day by helping to spread the word through your networks, websites, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

You can read more about the Alliance’s work with street children in this case study which looks at a project in Ukraine.

Read more about our work with children.

About the day

The day was launched in 2011 by the Consortium for Street Children (CSC), the leading international network dedicated to realising the rights of street children worldwide of which the Alliance is a member. The day is celebrated by street children, NGOs, policy makers, celebrities, and individuals across the globe. The International Day for Street Children is supported by Aviva, through its Street to School programme.

Since the first international day in 2011, the UN commissioned a report into street children in order to be better able to protect and promote their rights. This report was presented to the March 2012 session of the Human Rights Council. You can read the report here.

    Street children have the same potential as other children