Day of General Discussion 2018 on Children as Human Rights Defenders – A page for children!
What is a Day of General Discussion?
The Committee on the Rights of the Child (The Committee) is a group of 18 people from all over the world who know a lot about children.
Their job is to advise governments about children’s rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, like for example the right of children to speak up and be heard by adults (see video below).
The Committee holds a Day of General Discussion (DGD) in Geneva every two years in September focused on a specific topic about children as included in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) or a related subject. Previous themes have included ‘Children’s Rights and the Environment’ in 2016 and ‘Digital Media and Children’s Rights’ in 2014.
The 2018 DGD will be on “Protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders”.
Key accounts to follow and to MENTION on Twitter
- Child Rights Connect @ChildRightsCnct
- Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders @ForstMichel
- OHCHR UN Human Rights @UNHumanRights
Useful webpages and corresponding ‘bitly’ links to share
- OHCHR DGD webpage bit.ly/CRCOHCHRDGD18
- Child Rights Connect webpage bit.ly/ChildRightsCnctDGD18
- Child Rights Connect Child Friendly webpage bit.ly/DGD2018CF
- DGD Concept Note bit.ly/CRCDGD18CN
- Child-Friendly DGD Concept Note bit.ly/CRCDGD18CFCN
- Guidelines for submissions to the DGD bit.ly/CRCDGD18Guidelines
- Child-Friendly Guidelines for Submissions to the DGD bit.ly/CRCDGD18CFGuidelines
- DGD children’s consultation methodology bit.ly/CRCDGD18Consultations
- DGD Hubs guidelines bit.ly/DGDHubGdlines
- DGD Children’s Online Survey bit.ly/CRCDGD18Survey
- https://www.protecting-defenders.org/ UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs
- Children’s publication http://bit.ly/CHRDs_PDF_EN