Exploited, abused, neglected for ever? Children’s rights in Latin America

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – a good opportunity to look at case studies to see what has been achieved.

Although birth rates have dropped considerably over the past 50 years in Latin America, the countries there still have very young populations. This makes it all the more surprising that more development programmes have not been geared towards them. Or is that just a preconceived notion?

The event jointly organised by Lateinamerika-Forum Berlin e.V. (LAF), the World Peace Service (WFD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH aims to establish what has been achieved so far by looking at case studies from Mexico, Honduras and Bolivia. The common thread running through the event is children’s right to participation – why, in what and above all how? Brief talks and a subsequent panel discussion with members of the academic community and development cooperation (DC) practitioners will take a closer look at the topic.

Latin American cities have become increasingly hostile and dangerous places, not only for adults but above all for children. Tuline Gülgönen will be examining the link between children’s rights and participatory urban development in Mexico. How child friendly is Mexico City? What can be expected of the new government?

Felicitas Eser (GIZ) will be presenting BMZ’s action plan on children’s rights. Where and most importantly how does German development cooperation support its partner countries in their efforts to implement children’s rights? How can children be involved in a national education reform? Drawing on her own experience of working in Honduras, she will be reporting about a GIZ programme that has managed to do just that – by ensuring that children’s active participation at school has been incorporated into law.

Professor Manfred Liebel, an expert on children’s rights, will be providing his insight, taking a brief look at the situation in Bolivia, assessing what the Convention on the Rights of the Child has achieved and looking ahead.

Venue and date

Lateinamerika Forum Berlin e.V.
Bismarckstr. 101
10625 Berlin (entrance on Weimarer Str.)

Thursday, 21 February 2019 from 19:00 to 21:00.


To take part, please register until 15. February 2019 per: anmeldung@lateinamerikaforum-berlin.de

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