Topic 2: An Emerging Need for Children’s Rights

Concurrently though, it is widely recognised that specific groups within the societies have continued to experience human rights violations, based on specific aspects of their identities, such as gender, age, disability and so forth. One of those groups is the group of children, a group that its treatment and contribution to the society was historically based on alternating visions for childhood, such as the notions of ‘the inherently bad or dangerous child’, ‘the inherently innocent or good child’, ‘the inherently competent child’ etc. (Pehtelides, 2015). Such notions, which are social constructions according to the above author, can lead to certain violations of children’s rights. For example, the perception of childhood as a ‘transitional stage’ rather than an active social belonging phase, can result in children being treated as second class citizens, being socially excluded until they become adults, lacking opportunities for participation into social life, their voices not being heard etc.