Child participation

The right of children to participate is unequivocal. Children’s voices should be heard anywhere where their development, safety and wellbeing are at stake. In much of the world, however, children are marginalised, ignored or abused. As a consequence at best, they fail to reach their full potential, at worst they experience great hardship.

Participation is a fundamental human right, enshrined in the article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:

States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.

Two girls from different countries presenting on Democratic Republic of Congo, at the Children as Actors for Transforming Society Conference in 2013.

Two girls talking about what they have been doing to improve the lives of their communities, during the 2013 CATS (Children as Actors for Transforming Society) Conference.

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Participation Matters

Barriers to Child Participation