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Interview Yusra Suleiman al Toum

Special thanks to Albert González Farran, UNAMID.   Let’s say that you are a politician with the power to change your country. What would you do for the children and youth? I don’t want to be a politician! (giggles) Let’s just imagine… Ok then. In this hypothetic case, I would establish Internet cafes in the villages to give children access to computers. I would also open libraries and clubs, organize debates… We need more implication of the children in society and many more activities for them. There should be more opportunities such as capacity building programs and the children should have hobbies and upgrade their skills during their free time. They have too much spare ...

The GMC calls all child rights organizations to participate in the broad consultation on the Commitment to Children Audit*

Barcelona, 03 August 2011 - Open consultation on the first draft of the concept paper on the Commitment to Children Audit (CCA) has begun this week. The Commitment to Children Audit is a GMC-led project to develop a new and powerful outreach and advocacy tool that will measure the level of commitment governments have vis-à-vis children. Based on the CRC, the CCA will focus on highlighting disparities in the country and measuring the performance of governments against their economic neighbors. Aimed at regional and national child rights organizations and GMC country offices, the main objective of the poll is to engage the child rights movement at national and regional level from the outset ...

The GMC opens new office together with a group of social entrepreneurs in Barcelona

Barcelona, 27 June 2011. The seat of the Global Movement for Children was officially inaugurated on June 16 with a round table on innovative solutions for today’s most pressing social ills. Around fifty guests attended the event where GMC Executive Coordinator, Miquel de Paladella, was one of the panellists at the table and presented the Commitment to Children Audit, an innovative tool to advocate for child rights. The 300m2 office is located in the new technology and innovation 22@ district in Barcelona, and it is shared with another fifteen social entrepreneurs, consultants, NGOs and international networks who wish to spark social change through social innovation....

UN Special Rapporteur Najat M’Jid attends Children on the Move Working Group meeting in Geneva

Barcelona, 4th July, 2011 - The Global Working Group on Children on the Move met in Geneva last week after the first two meetings in Oxford and London. Held at the ILO, the meeting sought to finalise the planning around the objectives of the Working Group and pave the way for a detailed action plan.  The meeting was attended by a number of UN agencies, international NGOs and donors whose goal as a group is to increase visibility of the issue of children on the move in international fora to push for effective policy responses in protecting the rights of all migrant children. Najat M’Jid, UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, caught p...

Put Yourself in My Shoes to visit Zaragoza

1st June 2011 - The Put Yourself in My Shoes exhibit will be visiting the Spanish city of Zaragoza this month. Led by World Vision Spain, the exhibit will be visiting primary schools and a shopping mall in the city to collect children’s messages to the Spanish President to commit to child rights. The exhibit has already been shown in Barcelona, where over 400 children participated in the “footprint workshop”, cutting out a shoe-shaped card and leaving a colourful and creative message to the Spanish President asking for his support in achieving greater commitment to child rights. Put Yourself in My Shoes is an awareness-raising campaign that aims at galvanizing public opinion to deman...

Open consultation on the Commitment to Children Audit is about to start

Barcelona 1st July 2011 – Open consultation on the Commitment to Children Audit (CCA) is due to begin in July. Miquel de Paladella, GMC Executive Coordinator, said that “we’ve arrived at the point where the whole Movement needs to step in”. After months of experts’ work on the project the time for verification has come. It is expected that confronting the tool with the Movement’s needs will open up a whole new dimension of the CCA. The consultation will raise questions around the validity of the proposed audit units and certain indicators that have been recommended by the team of experts led by Peter Adamson. For the last ten years, Peter Adamson has been the editor of the ...
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