The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. View this email in your browser
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           Prevent All Forms of Violence

Canada continues to have unacceptably high rates of violence against children.  Implementing Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which focuses on prevention, would help.  International evidence shows the benefits of a comprehensive approach.  Canada's decision to become a Pathfinder country in the global campaign to End Violence Against Children is an opportunity to make real progress in Canada. 

In June the CCRC, UNICEF, and PrevNet co-hosted a consultation to inform a robust plan of action by understanding causes, identifying what works, and suggesting next steps.  Strong themes were closing gaps in programming, collaboration between all duty-bearers, policy coherence, and addressing all forms of violence.

The CCRC created a Fact Sheet to foster public discussion. Please distribute it in your circles of influence.  More details are available in research documents posted on the CCRC website here

This is the 6th fact sheet. Check the others here.  Upcoming ones will focus on the Right to Food and the Right to Play.  These are designed to build public support in Canada before the official review of how Canada implements children's rights next year. The goal is to make the review process productive for children in Canada.  

$30 Membership for 30th Anniversary

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC).  Join the Coalition to promote respect for children's rights across Canada. 

The Coalition was established in 1989 to promote awareness and implementation of the Convention in Canada. We are still doing that - and the need is as great as it was in 1989! 

In honour of the 30th Anniversary, the board of the CCRC decided to offer a special individual membership for $30 this year. Link to Membership Form. It's easy.  Do it now. 

As a member, you support the critical role that the CCRC plays in advocacy and monitoring progress for children's rights in Canada, especially during the review process this year.  A series of Fact Sheets raises awareness in Canada, and the CCRC will facilitate reporting to the UN Committee in 2020.Last year the CCRC was instrumental in making several strategic gains, such as recognition of children's rights in new federal legislation on family law and indigenous children's services. CCRC newsletters, conferences, and training workshops  increase knowledge and connection for anyone interested in children's rights in Canada. All for $30!  Join Now!

 CCRC News Items

  • This year the CCRC AGM will be held by conference call on Thursday, October 24, at 12 noon EST. The focus will be next steps in the review process and future plans for the CCRC.  Everyone is welcome to participate. Voting is limited to paid members. If you would like to join the call, please send a message to to receive the phone-in number. 
  • Kathy Vandergrift has informed the board that she will not serve as chair/president for the coming year. Anyone interested in volunteering for this role is invited to contact any one of the board members. If you would like more information, please contact Robyn Aaron or Emily Chan, members of the board, through the mailbox,  
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