The Convention on the Rights of the Child enshrines the principle of non-discrimination. All children should be treated, protected, and cared for in the same manner. However, many children are victims of discrimination.
The rights of children who are considered part of a minority are often violated, notably by acts of discrimination, racism, and non-recognition. Children of minorities face many barriers to enjoy and exercise their rights.
Around the world, there are 150 million children suffering from a disability, 80% of whom are living in developing countries. Most often, they don’t have access to appropriate care and are victims of discrimination.
In many countries, girls are the first victims when children’s human rights are violated and they often suffer double discrimination: for their age and for their gender.
While non-discrimination is a widely recognized right of children, LGBTQ children and youth often face severe discrimination from their families, communities, and even the government.