In every region of the world, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired changes in laws to better protect children, altered the way international organisations see their work for children, and transformed the way children are able to participate in their communities and societies. Today, children across the UK and the world are celebrating this momentous day.
We tend to forget that birth registration is a critical life event and that a birth certificate can make or break a child's future. Later in life, a birth certificate can help protect a child against forced marriage, child labour, premature enlistment in the armed forces or, if accused of a crime, prosecution as an adult.
Early morning last Saturday, when most of us were fast asleep and the rest still rising from slumber, a young Bangladeshi woman quietly made history. At 9.30 am Nepal time, Nishat Mazumder conquered Everest. The 31-year-old became the first woman from Bangladesh to reach the highest point on the planet.
Many of us take on work or studies in a foreign country, and some of us end up having a family with someone of a different nationality. But if the relationship breaks down, this type of globally mobile lifestyle brings new challenges for the family courts. Where do you file for a divorce? What about custody and visitation? What if the custody battle turns acrimonious?