CRIN promotes rights, not charity, for children and young people. We believe using images of smiling or starving children to obtain donations does nothing to prevent the causes of the problems they face. Instead, we want to provoke change, so we explore big questions through plain language and original artwork to encourage all people to think critically about children and young people’s place in society.
Fundamentally, all children and youth are people with human rights and freedoms of their own, exactly like anyone else. When these are violated by things like systemic sexual abuse, life imprisonment, or the denial of civil and political rights, we expose them as massive deficiencies of humanity’s own making. We’re well aware, however, that complaining about what’s wrong with the world only fuels people’s despair and feeling of powerlessness, which fixes nothing. Therefore, rather than just saying what it is we’re fighting against, our work tries to define what we’re fighting for.
To this end, we produced the first-ever global study and ranking on whether and how children can access justice in their country. We campaign for reform within religious institutions and the United Nations to end sexual violence against children. And we participate in creative projects like public talks, a magazine series, and art exhibitions to democratise human rights.
Fighting for a fairer world for children and young people, however, is not only the job of organisations like ours; it’s a responsibility everyone shares. We therefore always work in collaboration. As with any movement, it’s harder to ignore a big group than a single voice. And everything we do and achieve happens only because groups of people come together in support of an idea. After all, every change begins with an idea; it just needs people behind it.
To learn more, visit breaktocreate.org.