Angelina Jolie has teamed up with Amnesty International to publish a book for teenagers and their human rights.
Know Your Rights (And Claim Them) will be published in September 2021 by Andersen Press in the UK, as well as other publishers internationally. Angelina Jolie released a statement regarding the project.
Angelina Jolie statement
“Today, we have youth engaged and ready to fight. But many struggles with misinformation from adults, a lack of awareness of their rights, and a lack of knowledge of how to use the specifics of their rights, applying them to the country and circumstances in which they live. We need to give them the tools to strengthen their fight and empower them. Amnesty, Geraldine Van Bueren, and I hope to get these books into the hands of young people and for them to be a guide that they can carry with them and use. Not just to inform them, but to activate them and serve as a source of reference where needed,” she said.
What ‘Know Your Rights (And Claim Them)’ is about
Jolie, Van Bueren, and Amnesty International’s shared concern that children are adults are unaware of kids’ basic human rights is what prompted them to work together.
Most often than not, children are, reportedly, left vulnerable and without redress when these rights are not upheld. The book was written while consulting with Van Bueren, one of the drafters of the landmark convention that gave kids a set of rights for the first time.
Know Your Rights (And Claim Them) is aimed at children 13 years and older. It will tackle a wide range of issues, including freedom of expression, racial equality, gender, health, a clean climate, and a sustainable environment.
There will also be a guide for children on how they can claim their rights through protesting, campaigning, educating, and more.
Amnesty International statement
Nicky Parker, publisher and literary partnerships lead at Amnesty International, also released a statement about the book.
“We at Amnesty are delighted to work with Angelina Jolie, Geraldine Van Bueren, and young people from around the world to create this powerful book. It has been desperately needed since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child gave children their own unique set of rights. Many children face daily violations, like extreme hunger, homelessness, and trafficking. But whoever they are and wherever they live, they have the right to know their rights. This book empowers young people with the facts and the tools they need to stand up for themselves and each other,” Parker said.