Children Rights and The Need to Fight For Them
Children are often faced by myriad of challenges in life. The worst bit which affects children is the fact that they lack the capacity to take care of themselves. This may subject them to oppression and abuse. The reason is because they have to live with their guardians. Most probably go silent on the nasty ordeal that they have to go through; without questioning whatever that they face.
Today there are many cases about; child neglect, child abuse, child labor, children being involved in sexual defilement or rape; which have been reported in many parts of the world. This can be more traumatizing to any child facing such a situation. Most probably can detrimental in their future life.
Therefore, regardless our various social setting or cultural backgrounds; there is the need for the society to be engaged in child related oppression and injustices. It is the duty of responsible people in the society to get involved in the quest; to end social injustice towards children. Or at least to try and empower diverse groups; which intervene to end the ordeal; and which children may be going through in our communities.
There is the need for social groups to take up the fight and find the best ways to end these injustices and also promote better living conditions of such children; as well as setting up rehabilitation centers; which can help the victims to get over the trauma. ALong with violence that they may have undergone.
Promoting Social Justice in the Society
Nonetheless, it is my love for social justice; which eventually led me to become a social worker. While growing up, I dreamed of becoming a doctor. Or maybe even a lawyer. However, I never had that beautiful upbringing; which everyone dreams of. My childhood life was quiet dysfunctional. There are multiple times when I wished that I was never born; other times I felt like committing suicide. In life, there is nothing more humiliating and disappointing than the thought of feeling unloved. Or the feeling of being rejected by the people whom you feel are obliged to love; and take the best care of you that any human yearn for.
My mother (whom I miss so much) died while I was about 6. Things were never the same again; since the time that my dad remained two years later. It was so unfortunate and traumatizing to lose my mum at a tender age. But the various ordeals that I had to go through after my dad remarriage; were the worst moments of my life. My step-mum didn’t like me; or anything to do with me. The fact that she had other two children from a previous marriage didn’t make her much of her good mother. As a matter of fact, she always tried to make my step sister hate me. She would do anything in her capacity to see that we were not together even at home; I was taking my education at a different school from them (they were taken to a prestigious one).
Getting Engaged in Fighting for Children’s Social Status in the Community
Life was quiet unbearable. However, I was blamed for any mistake at home. I got punished for doing the slightest one; sometimes for no apparent reason. I always wished that mum was alive; sometimes I wished death. Dad never seemed to care much; despite the fact that I always tried to let him know of my worries. I just don’t know what was wrong with him of what could have blinded him. Therefore I had to endure all.
There was a nice teacher who understood my predicament when I was in elementary school. She tried all her best to intervene. But nothing much change. Actually, she worsened matters when she tried to have a child welfare institution come in to solve my problems; only for I to be transferred to another school. (whose education was of low quality than where I was previously) after a local court failed to proof. Or find enough evidence of the nasty ordeal that I ‘presumably’ was going through.
However, I soldiered on. The teacher who tried to help me could have failed. But she ignited a new spirit in me. She enabled me realize the importance of trying to advocate for social justices in the society. It is that spirit; which made me undertake a course of conflict management when I was in college. And later to become a social worker; getting a job with a local NGO which advocated for human rights.