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Pop quiz: Will secondary school be free for your children? Do all girls and boys have access to health care? Are children and youth protected from hazardous labor? Are there any exceptions to these rules? Are you sure?
The answers to these questions are important--they help us see whether countries are fulfilling their commitments to children under international law. Yet while tracking down this information for one country might be feasible in an afternoon, getting a sense of global progress is a much more formidable challenge--and it shouldn't be.
Twenty-five years ago today, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. The 194 parties to the CRC have agreed to uphold basic rights for all children, including non-discrimination, access to education, and protection from violence, among others.
The CRC's principles have withstood the test of time. But our methods for finding out if countries are really following through could use a 21st century refresher. So what would a modern approach to increased transparency and accountability look like?