History and purpose
15 March is World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD), an annual occasion
for celebration and solidarity within the international consumer
movement. It marks the date in 1962 President John F Kennedy first
outlined the definition of Consumer Rights.
WCRD is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all
consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and
protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social
injustices which undermine them.
WCRD was first observed on 15 March 1983, and has since become an
important occasion for mobilising citizen action.
How is WCRD observed?
Consumer organisations around the world, big and small, use
materials produced by CI to generate local initiatives and media
coverage for their work over the coming year.
Initiatives can take the shape of special campaigns, press
conferences, public exhibitions, workshops, street events or new
publications, to name only a few possibilities.
Consumer groups may adapt CI's materials to have the greatest
local impact. Whatever the objectives, they share the same
underlying aim of bringing about important and needed benefits for
World Consumer Rights Day 2003-2012
Each year, The CI Council selects a theme for the following WCRD
activites. Generally, this will be around one of CI's headline
2012: Our money, our rights:
campaigning for real choice in financial services
2011: Consumers for Fair Financial
money, our rights
Food Generation - CI's campaign to stop the marketing of unhealthy
food to children
2008: Junk Food
Generation - CI's campaign to stop the marketing of unhealthy food
2007: Unethical Drug
2006: Energy -
Sustainable Access for All
2005: Call for action on
2004: Consumers and water
2003: Corporate control of the food
chain: the GM link
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