UN takes day to globally recognize children victims


The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression first came about in August 19, 1982, and now, 33 years later, every June 4, the world is still acknowledging the innocent children who have suffered through physical, mental and emotional abuse. The internationally recognized day was created to affirm the UN's commitment to protecting the rights of children around the world.

Ultimately, the day aims to celebrate the individuals and organizations that make an effort to defend and preserve the rights of children around the world. Organizations and foundations such as the Malala Fund and the Global Movement for Children have spoken up to take a stand for innocent children. The 'Say YES for Children' campaign, which launched in 2001, asked millions of people through the world to pledge their support for the Rallying Call for the Global Movement for Children.

The campaign specifically focused on 10 main principles that aimed at protecting and preserving the lives of children, including education, fighting HIV/aids, and fighting poverty. 'Say Yes for Children' sparked international debate on child rights both nationally and globally, initiating important conversations about children's rights. See the slideshow below for photos of children who have been victims of war and conflict: