Our Organisation

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Child Rights Connect is a registered Swiss association. Its organs are the General Assembly, the Executive Committee, the International Secretariat and the Working Groups.

International Secretariat

Child Rights Connect’s International Secretariat is a multi-disciplinary team, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. It carries out the network’s day-to-day activities, providing a solid and expert base for everything that the network undertakes.

Beatrice SchulterDirector
Beatrice’s passion is to involve, inspire and empower (and to trouble-shoot). During and after her studies of Russian and English literature and linguistics and Pedagogy, she applied this approach in her first ten-year career as a teacher, and later on in her work as project and programme manager on multilingual education, intercultural and peace education, intercultural administration and media development in Central Asia and the Caucasus, where she lived for six years. Upon her return to Switzerland, she completed a postgraduate study course on leadership and change management and worked as Director International Programmes at the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation for eight years, where she developed and introduced a child rights-based approach to the education programmes in four regions of the world. Beatrice was appointed as Director of Child Rights Connect in 2015.
Fanny ChappuisProgramme Assistant
Fanny is driven by her optimism and strong desire to contribute to improving people’s lives. That’s why she dedicates her education path and career to bringing a wide range of operational and technical supports to human-size organizations. In continuation to her Master in Development Economics and International Project Management, Fanny conducted a few missions with NGOs dedicated to children’s rights and peace education. After an inspirational 3-year experience working in mediation and conflict resolution in the corporate sector, she decided to further engage in the implementation of children’s rights and joined Child Rights Connect in March 2017 as Programme Assistant. Fanny particularly enjoys being in contact with dedicated children’s rights defenders from all over the world!
Ilaria PaolazziSenior Programme Officer
Ilaria’s passion about children’s rights started while, during her studies, she worked as social educator with children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Italy. Graduated with a MSc in Human Rights and International Cooperation from Bologna University (Italy), when she joined Child Rights Connect in 2013, it become clear that her mission was to push the advancement of children’s rights standards at the heart of the human rights system. As the focal person for the cooperation between civil society and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Ilaria strives for children to be able to have a say on the standards and decisions that impact the realisation of their lives. Ilaria has worked for several other human rights organisations, including the Association for the Prevention of Torture, the Danish Institute Against Torture, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, as well as the Italian decentralised cooperation. She is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Emma GrindulisProgramme Officer
Emma is a dedicated children’s rights advocate and has been working for children’s rights networks since 2012. Whilst completing an MSc in Policy Studies at the University of Edinburgh with a focus on childhood studies and children’s rights, Emma began to work with Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights). Since then, she has devoted her time to progressing a child rights-based approach through strong non-government networks at various levels, and has also worked at Eurochild; a regional network based in Brussels. Emma is convinced that in order to build rights-respecting societies, we must start with children! Emma joined the team in 2017.

Monitoring and Evaluations

With the support of SIDA, the Swedish Development Cooperation, we conducted an external evaluation, which analysed the work of Child Rights Connect and its impact on the realisation of children’s rights. The evaluation looked into the effectiveness of our approaches, and made recommendations for our future work.

“From small beginnings Child Rights Connect has become a highly respected organisation – as one interviewee noted ‘if Child Rights Connect did not exist, it would have to be invented’. The focus on the Human Rights Council as well as the CRC Committee has the potential to lead to a long-term positive impact on children’s rights…”

– Evaluation of the work of Child Rights Connect, 2015

Annual Reports

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Executive Committee

This committee has legal, policy and management responsibility for the network. It meets quarterly to provide the network with strategic direction and to supervise the work of the Secretariat and the thematic Working Groups. It is accountable to the General Assembly.

The Executive Committee currently has seven members all with strong experience in child rights:


  • Jean Zermatten
Delia PopPresident
Hope and Homes for Children

Delia has over 19 years of experience in child protection and care reform and the transition from institutions to family and community-based care. She is working as Hope and Homes for Children’s Director of Programmes & Global Advocacy, overseeing national programmes and special projects, delivering technical support and capacity building to Governments and NGOs and advocating for the elimination of institutions at the global level. Delia is the President of the Executive Committee of Child Rights Connect and has a track record of helping building campaigns like Opening Doors for Europe’s Children and alliances of like-minded NGOs like Transform Alliance Africa.

Eylah KadjarVice President
Terre des Hommes

Eylah Kadjar is a passionate advocate for children’s rights and this has been the driving force throughout her career. Graduated with four University Masters, she has over 25 years of broad and solid experience working in the not for profit sector. She has started her career at the UN and after several different positions linked to international relations, she has been working for Terre des Hommes International Federation since 2001 as Head of the International Secretariat. She joined Child Rights Connect’s board in May 2013.

Rut FeukSecretary
Plan International

Rut is currently working as a Child Protection Advisor at Plan International Sweden, where she started in 2015. Before joining Plan, Rut worked many years for UNICEF, in particular in the area of child protection. She has worked in the Balkans, Latin America, Asia, Africa and briefly in the Middle East. Her experience spans over both emergency and development contexts. She has a degree in Political Science and speaks fluent Spanish.

Annabel Trapp
War Child Holland

Annabel has been working to promote the rights of children for over 15 years, with particular focus supporting the application of child rights-based approaches in organisations working with and for children. For example, in her position as Senior Child Rights Advisor at War Child Holland, she initiated, developed and managed the operationalisation of (child) rights based approaches in War Child’s strategies, policies and processes as well as programming practice in fragile contexts. Building on this experience, she now works independently, supporting the application of rights based principles and approaches in over 60 organisations based in East Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Annabel has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London and MA in Social Anthropology with Development from the University of Edinburgh. She lives near Amsterdam.


Jean Zermatten
Jean Zermatten is a renowned specialist of children’s rights. Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child from 2005 to 2013, he was elected Chairman in 2011. and was the first Swiss member of this Committee.

Former judge, Jean Zermatten also worked to launch the first Swiss Children’s Rights Network. He remains active in the direction of academics programmes in Switzerland and abroad on children’s rights and protection.
Jean Zermatten became patron of Child Rights Connect in 2018.

General Assembly

General Assembly

This is where our member organisations come together each year to approve the network’s plans and activities and elect people to various key roles. Specific actions at the General Assembly include:

  • Approving the strategies, plans and activity reports of the Executive Committee, the Secretariat and the thematic Working Groups
  • Approving the budget, auditor and audited accounts
  • Approving new members’ applications
  • Electing the Executive Committee and President of the network.

Our History

Since 1983, we have influenced major child rights developments such as the drafting of the UN treaties on child rights.

We continue to play a central role in key children’s rights developments at international level, including the drafting of all the UN treaties on children’s rights. Our Secretariat is considered a leading expert on the work of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Meet our Members

Child Rights Connect was initially set up in 1983 as the Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Its initial mandate was to influence the drafting of the CRC, the first and most comprehensive international human rights treaty for children. Since then, we have worked to connect UN human rights systems to the daily realities of children’s lives.

To reflect our work, which now extends beyond the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we changed our name to Child Rights Connect in 2013. As a network, Child Rights Connect has members at national, regional, and international levels, including other networks and child-led organisations. We work closely with national NGOs and coalitions, UN agencies and experts, States, and children themselves, to advance children’s rights around the world.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, we have a unique working relationship with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. We also have special ECOSOC consultative status at the United Nations, meaning that we are fully recognised to take part in United Nations deliberations.


“In 2016, our strategic partnership with Child Rights Connect reached an even higher level, opening strategic awareness about children’s human rights throughout the work of the United Nations human rights system.”

Orest Nowosad, Chief, Groups in Focus Section, Human Rights Treaties Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Child Rights Connect is a very valuable partner of the Committee. They facilitate our interaction with children and with civil society, which helps us to get additional first-hand information from the ground.“

Dr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

“Child Rights Connect is our key partner to link children’s rights defenders from around the world. In 2016 we jointly tackled the new simplified reporting procedures. We are looking forward to continuing this discussion with a focus on the participation of children themselves.”

Jorge Cardona, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

“Thank you very much for all the support by Child rights connect team for us to attend the CRC pre-session. It was a wonderful opportunity for all of us to be there for the session and present children’s realities in Sri Lanka to the committee directly. The post de-brief was really helpful to identify the way forward and will share the SWOT analysis with other CSOs soon.”

Sri Lanka Delegation

“We would like to thank you all for the support that you gave to the Lesotho CSOs delegation that attended the 78th UN-CRC Pre-session in Geneva, beginning of this month. The Pre-session went really well and it was a great opportunity for the Lesotho child rights CSOs to learn more about the importance of implementing the UN-CRC and reporting on its implementation. Even though the time was very limited, the team was able to address most of the questions and issues raised by the Committee and made a commitment to provide additional information as required by the Committee.”

Lesotho Delegation

“Child Rights Connect facilitated a dynamic and high quality workshop on how to advocate for issues related to childhood statelessness at the UN level. It was highly useful for our members and partners to understand the links between their issues and children’s rights.”

Chris Nash, Director, European Network on Statelessness

“Our participation in the review of Mauritius by the Children’s Rights Committee had a positive effect on the follow-up. NGOs and the state cooperated in concrete actions. As a collective we have more weight, we are united for the same cause, and this is in the best interest of children in Mauritius.”

Kolektif Drwa Zanfan Morisien (KDZM), Mauritius Coalition

“The support we have received in the whole process has been excellent and we would be happy to repeat the same experience with other countries”

Dr. Eamonn Hanson, Senior Advocacy Advisor, War Child Holland

Our member network has a broad reach and works in every country in the world.

It is unique in its global outreach and its diversity, constituting a strong and credible global voice on children’s rights.

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