Today (12 April) the Consortium for Street Children (CSC) officially launches its campaign to gain United Nations recognition for International Day for Street Children.
‘Home Street Home’ highlights the millions of children around the world for whom life on the street is a daily reality. The campaign brings street children, cure and the people who support them, clinic together to Demand a Day. UN recognition will encourage states to take a greater degree of responsibility to protect the rights of street children.
Using stark visual imagery – a child’s bedroom sign in the incongruous setting of the street – the campaign challenges people to realise that for many children the street is their home.
Giant children’s bedroom signs will be hung around Old Street station on Friday to draw public attention to the issue. CSC staff and volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions and encourage sign-up to the petition. Billboard posters will also be displayed in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Edinburgh during April encouraging the public to Demand a Day via text message or online.
Louise Meincke, CSC’s Advocacy Director said: “Since CSC launched International Day for Street Children three years ago the day has grown in size and impact. Street children tell us they want governments to listen to them when developing policies and programmes that affect them. UN recognition will raise global awareness, give the day permanence and place increased pressure on governments to act. To Demand a Day text ‘Street’ and your name to 62233 or sign our petition online at www.streetchildrenday.org”
“It was a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Street Child World Cup at Downing Street. It gives children a voice through football, sales a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my support.”
“No child should have to live on the streets. I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”