According to Reuters, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie says she hopes to empower children around the world with tools to “fight back” for their rights with a book she has written with Amnesty International. The book is out in Britain on Thursday and for pre-order in other countries, with the aim of worldwide publication. Jolie’s book will be published in the U.S. in October.
In an Instagram post Hollywood actress while announces her book release talked about children’s rights and said that,
“Here’s a truth you may not know: As a young person, your rights have equal status to the rights of an adult. Not when you reach adulthood, or leave home, or get your first job, but now. Whoever you are, wherever you live – your life is of equal value to any adult or any other young person on the planet”
“Know Your Rights and Claim Them” written with human rights lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren, one of the original drafters of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, aims to equip kids with the knowledge to safely challenge injustices.
Children have rights just as adults do and they should have the power and agency to claim them. Over the last couple of years I have been working with @amnesty and Geraldine Van Bueren QC on a book that aims to help young people do just this, Jolie added.
Jolie, the special envoy for UN refugee agency UNHCR, said she hoped the book would also remind governments of their commitment to the global treaty enshrining children’s civil, social, political, and economic rights.
The book addresses identity, justice, education, and protection from harm, among other issues. It provides guidance on becoming an activist, being safe, and a glossary of terms and organizations.
“Through the book, you have to find your own path forward, because we are very concerned about the safety of children. We don’t want children just running around screaming for their rights and putting themselves in danger,” Jolie said in an interview with Reuters.