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At Arigatou International, part of our work is promoting and enhancing the participation and empowerment of children, but always prioritizing children’s safety. Take a look at some of your rights related to participation, empowerment, and safeguarding.

Article 2
All children have all these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what language they speak...
Article 3
When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children. All adults should do what is best for children...
Article 12
Children have the right to give their opinions freely on issues that affect them. Adults should listen and take children seriously.
Article 13
Children have the right to share freely with others what they learn, think and feel, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms other people.
Article 14
Children can choose their own thoughts, opinions and religion... Parents can guide children so that as they grow up, they learn to properly use this right.
Article 15
Children can join or set up groups or organizations, and they can meet with others, as long as this does not harm other people.
Article 16
Every child has the right to privacy. The law must protect children’s privacy, family, home, communications and reputation (or good name) from any attack.
Article 17
Children have the right to get information from the Internet, radio, television, newspapers, books and other sources. Adults should make sure the information they are getting is not harmful...
Article 19
Governments must protect children from violence, abuse and being neglected by anyone who looks after them.
Article 20
Every child who cannot be looked after by their own family has the right to be looked after properly by people who respect the child’s religion, culture, language and other aspects of their life.
Article 23
Every child with a disability should enjoy the best possible life in society. Governments should remove all obstacles for children with disabilities to become independent and to participate actively in the community.
Article 28
Every child has the right to an education.Primary education should be free. Secondary and higher education should be available to every child...
Article 29
Children’s education should help them fully develop their personalities, talents and abilities. It should teach them to understand their own rights, and to respect other people’s rights, cultures and differences. It should help them to live peacefully and protect the environment.
Article 31
Every child has the right to rest, relax, play and to take part in cultural and creative activities.
Article 32
Children have the right to be protected from doing work that is dangerous or bad for their education, health or development. If children work, they have the right to be safe and paid fairly.
Article 34
The government should protect children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, including by people forcing children to have sex for money, or making sexual pictures or films of them.
Article 36
Children have the right to be protected from all other kinds of exploitation (being taken advantage of), even if these are not specifically mentioned in this Convention.
Article 38
Children have the right to be protected during war. No child under 15 can join the army or take part in war.
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