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ERIC Number: ED452121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 54
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-88-85401-73-2
Promoting Children's Participation in Democratic Decision-Making. Innocenti Insight.
Lansdown, Gerison
This paper examines the meaning of Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which says that children are entitled to participate in the decisions that affect them. The paper takes a close look at the full meaning of Article 12 as a tool that can help children themselves to challenge abuses of their rights and take action to defend those rights. It also stresses what Article 12 does not do; it does not, for example, give children the right to ride roughshod over the rights of others, particularly parents. The paper makes a strong case for listening to children, outlining the implications of failing to do so and challenging many of the arguments that have been leveled against child participation. It is intended as a practical guide to this issue, with clear checklists for child participation in conferences and many concrete examples of recent initiatives. Includes 39 notes. (BT)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, Florence (Italy). International Child Development Centre.