//Skip to content

Universal Children’s Day: A Reminder That Egypt’s Underprivileged Children Fight for Basic Rights

November 20, 2017

Every year on November 20, the world celebrates Universal Children’s Day to promote the concept of togetherness and to call for children’s welfare worldwide. The day was established by the United Nations (UN) in 1954 when the General Assembly adopted the declaration of the Rights of the Child. While Universal Children’s Day aims to advocate and promote the basic rights of children, the developing countries might be facing issues that take their toll on the basic rights of children. Egypt has been facing acute economic circumstances for over a year now following the flotation of the Egyptian pound; children are suffering from the repercussions of the price hikes just like adults. Multiple statistics and studies revealed that Egyptian children are still agonized by the violations of their basic rights, including child labour and the violence against them. According to the Egyptian Child Law, the term “child” within the context of care and welfare, shall mean all individuals who have not reached the age of 18 years old. Child Labour In the year 2010, there were about 1.6 million children working in Egypt, according to a study conducted by the Central Agency for…

Hi guest,

You've read all of your free articles.
Subscribe now to support independent journalism and to enjoy:

Unlimited access to all our articles

Exclusive events and offers

First access to new premium newsletters

Ability to comment on articles

Full user profile