YESTERDAY, Nov 20, 2023, was World Children’s Day with the theme “For every child, every right”. As we reflect on yet another World Children’s Day, we have to ask ourselves: Have child rights improved in Malaysia?
It is difficult to write about this again and again. Not because we do not have the information and the data. But because change does not appear to be happening, and we seem to be shouting into the void. This means that the basic rights of many children in our nation are unmet, and worse, they continue to live lives that are unfulfilled, marginalised and impoverished.