All Different, All Equal
All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or a girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability or whether they are rich or poor, no child should be treated unfairly on any basis.
Hear your right – read by Wonu Olanyan
Tá na cearta seo ag gach leanbh beag beann ar cé hiad, cá bhfuil siad ina gcónaí, gairm bheatha a dtuismitheoirí, an teanga a labhraíonn siad, cibé acu an buachaillí nó cailíní iad, a gcultúr, cibé acu an bhfuil siad faoi mhíchumas nó nach bhfuil, nó cibé acu an bhfuil siad saibhir nó bocht. Níor chóir caitheamh go míchothrom le haon leanbh ar aon chúis.
Éist le do chearta – léite ag Caoimhe Ní Scolaí
Do you know?
- In Ireland, a law called the Equal Status Act 2000 prohibits people from being discriminated against on nine different grounds. These grounds are: gender, civil status, family status, age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and membership of the Traveller community.
- There are situations where the law allows people to be treated differently. For example, primary and secondary schools may be for boys only or girls only.
- According to the 2011 Census there were 66,437 children with a disability in Ireland – 5.8% of the total population of children in Ireland in 2011. In 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended that Ireland needs to do more to protect the rights of children with disabilities, including in the area of education.
- In 2011, there were 14,245 Traveller children in Ireland, which was almost 50% of the total Traveller population and 1.2% of the total population of children in Ireland at the time. In early 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended that Ireland should take concrete steps to combat discrimination against Traveller and Roma children. The Committee also encouraged Ireland to recognise the Traveller and Roma communities as ethnic groups.
- 8 March is International Women’s Day and 21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
- The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals include a commitment to end all forms of discrimination against girls and women by 2030.
What Children and Young People are saying
- “I think rights are important to everyone, children included. I think that children shouldn’t get any less rights just because they’re younger. I think everyone should have equal rights.” – Robyn (15)
“No child should be treated unfairly no matter what. Like, every child is equal. They should all have the equal, like, school because it’s not fair if one child who is maybe disabled should not have the chance to learn as any other child.” – Emily (14)
“I’m 15 years old and the thing that bothers me the most would be when a young person goes into a shop and the shop keepers stare at you but if you walk in with an adult they don’t look. In my point of view the shop keeper is discriminating against a young child” – 15 year old girl
“People are afraid of anything different. They are afraid of change. No law is going to change us if we don’t change ourselves. Discrimination: we need to solve this situation.”
“We feel that everyone should be able to express their personality without being judged.”
- Eva is a 4th Class Student of St.Francis of Assisi primary school. She shares her feelings and interpretations about the rights of the child while on a class visit to the Ombudsman for Children’s office.
Find Out More
- IHREC The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) protects and promotes human rights and equality in Ireland. You can find out more about what ‘equality’ means here.
- Belong To – BeLong To works with and supports LGBT young people in Ireland
- Pavee Point – Learn more about Irish Travellers and Roma from Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre
- The Y Factor- The Y Factor project is a youth initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, which supports and empowers young people to be leaders for women’s equality.
- The Red Card – Show Racism the Red Card works to combat racism through sport
- UNICEF – Find out from Unicef how children with disabilities can face discrimination in different parts of the world
- Young Voices- How can young people be included more in society? Find out what young people have to say
Explore More – Resource materials for Teachers & Educators
- EQUITAS – ‘Exclusion by Numbers’. Activity for 6-8 year old children in Play It Fair! Human Rights Education Toolkit for Children (2009), pp.6-7.
- World’s Largest Lesson – A range of resources to support children and young people of different ages to learn about and take action relating to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which include goals to achieve gender equality (Goal 5) and reduce inequalities (Goal 10).
- UNICEF Ireland – ‘Inequality’. Discussion points and images that can support young people to explore different dimensions to inequality among children and young people in Ireland. In Picture Your Rights (2015)
- Equality Authority & PDST – ‘Boys will be Boys and Girls will be Girls’. An activity for secondary students exploring gender stereotyping. In Spotlight on Stereotyping. A Resource for Teachers of CSPE (2011), pp.41-46.
- Council of Europe – ‘Blindfolded’. A simulation and discussion activity for 6-8 year olds to understand the rights and needs of children with disabilities. In Compasito. Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (2009), p.67.
- Irish Wheelchair Association et al – View from Here. A disability awareness resource and accompanying DVD for young people (2009)
- National Youth Council of Ireland – ‘What about Me?’ An activity for young people exploring how perceptions of minority groups affect behaviour. In All different All Equal (2006), pp.14-16.
- BelongTo – ‘LGBT Words’. An activity to give young people definitions and respectful words for LGBT people. In Stand Up! Guide for Teachers and Youth Workers (2015). pg. 4.
- Equality Authority et al – ‘What Does Equality Mean? Create a Homophobia Free Zone’. An action for TY students to develop greater awareness of issues facing LGBT people. In Grounds for Action. Building a Culture of Equality in our Society (2012), pp.54-55.
- Amnesty International UK – ‘Time to End Hate’. An activity for young people aged 14 and over to consider the effects of hate crime and hate incidents, with a focus on transgender people. In LGBTI Rights. An Activity Pack for Teachers of Children and Young People (2015), pp.8-12.
- Oxfam – ‘Inequality in Young Lives.’ Activities for 11-16 year olds to explore inequalities among young people in different countries. In More or Less Equal: Resources for English (2015)