All children have rights and when these rights are compromised we certainly need to take a stand. This means that we must voice our opinions and take some meaningful action (as long as this action is safe). When children are deprived of clean food, water and clothing, when they are subject to abuse or neglect, when they have no safe place to bathe or play or can't attend school or get quality sleep, we need to take a stand.
Children are our global citizens, our world's future: the stewards of the earth on which we walk and the leaders of our political world. We must speak out and take action to ensure their childhood is safe and protected and that they can grow in full abundance physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. And, we must continue to support families as they care for their young, both in our own and other countries.
Every adult has a responsibility to ensure children's rights are met. The African proverb reminds us, "It takes a village to raise a child." The village doesn't need to cast criticism but instead take action where the rights of the child are compromised. Let's keep this as our focus and ensure we take our stand where it is most needed.