Rights, Not Charity
At CRIN, we promote 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; it merely evokes a sense of pity and charity, which fixes nothing. Instead, we want to provoke change to advance children’s rights. To this end, we need to strike at the heart of the status quo, and this requires changing the narrative.
Fundamentally, all children and youth are people with human rights and freedoms of their own, just like anyone else. And this is not because they are “the future” or the “adults of tomorrow” - as they are often labelled - but because they are human beings today with human rights today. The artwork below was created with this message in mind, and aims to encourage audiences to think critically about how societies view and treat children and young people.