* Special Op winner *

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A few months back, RErights launched the Special Op – Design Mission, asking you to create a poster that features the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
And today we are delighted to announce the first WINNER: check out Susie Williams’ great colourful design!

“The rights of a child are extremely important and I chose to design a poster in a way that was eye catching, colourful yet simple and easy to follow, with each right being highlighted and designed in a different way. The use of colour and various fonts makes it easier to understand for children; those who should know their rights and what they deserve from society.”
Susie Williams

Well done Agent Susie! And thank you for sharing your fantastic work with us. Your design will be forwarded to UNICEF’s Voices of Youth network and printed copies will also be sent to the Australian Children’s Commissioner, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and other relevant contacts around the world.

Susie also learnt useful tips about copyrights and online publishing and she generously chose to license her work under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives-International license. This means that you are welcome to copy and share this poster as long as you credit the author every time you do by including the following text “Designed by Susie Williams. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.”. Please note however, you cannot use this design for commercial purpose and you cannot modify it in any way.

You can download the poster here.

Are you interested in following in Susie’s footsteps?
Special Op – Design is still open and we might want to vote for another winner in a few weeks.

So, jump in and send us your poster. What do YOUR rights look like?

Vote for your favourite definition

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Operation 2: Mission 1 asks what does the word ‘rights’ mean to you?

Here are some of the definitions that we have received from our agents.

  1. A right needs to be held with the highest level of integrity
  2. An entitlement to something
  3. To protect people against terror, torture and deprivation of freedom.
  4. Rights are not privileges; rights are entitlements which have to be guarded with moral responsibility and should never be taken advantage of.
  5. Rights refer to the need for us to get what we need, better known as basic needs, without any interference or disturbance by others who will act as external forces which may jeopardize the rights or needs of a child.
  6. Rights are inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status.
  7. Rights are created for all mankind, to have a common good and peace with in the society.
  8. Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world.
  9. A right is something everybody should be allowed to have access to.
  10. Having the freedom to do anything and regardless of colour, race, or where you come from.

Which one do you like the best? Tell us by leaving a comment below.


Call for Nominations: Hi-Tech Heroes

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Do you know any young people using technology to make a positive change?

Young people all over the world are doing exciting things with digital technology. We want to showcase the potential of these Hi-Tech Heroes to influence positive change and enhance children’s rights.

In 2014, we featured a number of these young people from around the world. Shruti Rai from India uses digital storytelling to highlight important issues such as child marriage, and teaches other young people to do the same. Recently, she has initiated a global digital literacy project called “Four Birds and One Million Stories” which has reached thousands of young people around the world.

Also from India, Kartik Sawhney, a blind student, developed his own audio graph-reading software so that he could pursue his study of sciences in years 11 and 12. His skills in computer programming allowed him to access his right to education and highlighted challenges facing vision-impaired children in developing countries. He now studies computer sciences at Stanford University in the USA.

In Brazil, Rene Silva started a community newspaper at 11 years old in his neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. His newspaper highlights social issues, such as drug trafficking and healthcare, which affect his community. More recently, he created the Network Voice of the Communities which brings together 17 young people from different states of Brazil to give voice to their communities. He believes digital connectivity is crucial for young people to claim their rights.

RErights is looking for more inspiring Hi-Tech Heroes! If you know any young people, or groups of young people, under the age of 18 who are using technology to make a difference to their lives and the lives of others, make a nomination here.

First round nominations close on Wednesday, 4th May.


Rewrite YOUR Future

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As young people your opinions are important, but sometimes it can feel as if your choices are not fully appreciated. Twenty-five years ago the United Nations agreed on a set of rights that they believed were in the best interest of the child. With the world constantly changing it’s time for you to take part in redefining your rights and having your say about the future. is inviting young people to become co-researchers and agents for change with us. We want to give you a say in decision-making by presenting your ideas to adult decision-makers.

The Operations and Missions on this website focus on digital technology and the idea of ‘rights’. To become an agent for change with us, the first step is to join The second step is to complete each mission: let us know what you think, what you want and how you want it. You’ll be part of a team of agents contributing ideas from around the globe.

Sign up to now, get your voice heard and – as Mahatma Ghandi famously said – “be the change you wish to see in the world”.