Our vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity. We are achieving this by taking a 'rights-based approach' to development. Put simply, this means children, and their rights, are at the heart of everything we do.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child spells out the human rights that children everywhere - without discrimination - have. The 40 rights outlined in the Convention can be loosely grouped under the general headings of survival, development, protection and participation. These rights apply to all children under the age of 18: girls and boys, children with disabilities, children of all ethnic origins and all religious beliefs.
Our work focuses on children who are living in poverty, children who are excluded and marginalised, and children affected by conflict and disasters. And we believe they should be a part of the decision-making processes that concern them.
It spells out the human rights of all children. Listening to what children have to say about their rights and concerns is critical to our approach. We encourage them to take part in decisions that affect their lives, to speak out and have their voices heard.
We're committed to working for, with, and on behalf of children to claim their rights and to hold duty bearers, such as governments, to account to respect these rights, regardless of gender, ability or age.
Plan International's approach:
- Children are at the heart of everything we do
- We're guided by human rights and their principles
- We champion child rights and hold duty bearers (including ourselves) to account
- All children hold equal rights - we work to protect children from discrimination
- We promote gender equality
- Children are active participants in their own development for the long term.