Participation, Empowerment and Protection – How to Safeguard Child and Youth Activism

Participation, Empowerment and Protection – How to Safeguard Child and Youth Activism

03:00 PM 20 september, 2017

Children and youth organizations have historically struggled to be recognized as political actors in their own right – a struggle that has deepened as democratic space continues to shrink in many countries. Even though the right to participation is recognised in CRC and by the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 there is little recognition and protection of children as human rights defenders in international law.

This seminar will present the different aspects that affect potential participation of children and youth in political processes, based on recent case studies. Particularly we will consider: What are the risks that young activists face? How can donors facilitate child and youth participation? With whom does responsibility lie for their protection and safety?

Speakers and facilitators:
Meja Vitalice, Director of Reality of Aid, Africa
Annette Lyth, Senior Child Rights Advisor and Child Protection Specialist, Plan International Sweden
Karin Fyrk, Thematic Advisor Child Rights Governance, Save the Children Sweden
The seminar will be facilitated by Monica Lorensson, Head of Policy & Advocacy, Plan International Sweden

Organizers:
Plan International Sweden and Save the Children Sweden

Key/search words for this session:
shrinking democratic space,
children & youth,
political engagement,
protection of young activists