The KidsRights Index is the annual global index which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. The KidsRights Index is an initiative of the KidsRights Foundation, in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam: Erasmus School of Economics and the International Institute of Social Studies. It comprises a ranking for all UN member states that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and for which sufficient data is available, a total of 182 countries.
Romania is one of the 182 countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and have agreed to allocate their best available budget towards the rights of the child.
However, the results concerning it in this year’s Index are disappointing. According to the report, it ranks 114th among the aforementioned 182 countries. The low score is “based on very current data, as the country was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 2017 as part of the Committee’s state reporting procedure. Romania was assigned the lowest possible score on almost all indicators including enabling legislation, best interests of the child, respect for the views of the child, state-civil society, and available budget.
According to KidsRights, Romania’s government is failing to allocate sufficient budget towards children”, romania-insider.com reads, citing the actual report.
The press release says this: “Alarmingly, vulnerable groups of children including within the Roma population, disabled children and children in rural areas are falling outside of the social safety net. Romania’s deteriorated performance is possibly illustrated best by the indicator enabling legislation, in which the country dropped from the highest to the lowest possible score in 2009 and 2017 respectively.”
A rather interesting point the report makes is that “Disappointingly, not one country in the Index lives up to this promise.”
As for the states that do well, respecting children’s rights and needs, Norway comes first, followed by Iceland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.
The domains the Index examines are the rights to Life, Health, Education, Protection and the domain called “Enabling Environment for Child Rights”…. / IBNA