Children’s Rights Leaders Speak Truth to Power about the Uncrc
Ton Leiffard, Netherlands – youth rights and higher education
Laura Lundy, Northern Ireland – youth rights and the law
Kay Tisdall, Scotland – youth participation in the civic arena
Yvonne Vissing, USA – young people's physical and mental health
Jane Williams, Wales – youth in the legislative arena
Data from non-European/North America child rights initiatives will also be provided, including information gained from child rights in Africa (Cameroon and others), Asia (India and China), and South/Central America (i.ee - Bolivia, Mexico and Costa Rica).
It is proposed that the UNCRC has made significant contributions to the wellbeing of young people when policies and infrastructures supporting child rights exist. On the other hand, while rhetoric about the importance of children and their wellbeing seems universal, predictable obstacles confront implementation of child rights policies and programs. Whether in the fields of education, healthcare, social services, government, or law, tension between adult and child rights contribute to challenges implementing programs that would enhance young people’s wellbeing. Issues of structure, power, control, agenda-staking, social class and culture will be addressed from a multicultural and intergenerational perspective. An examination of theories including intersectionality, conflict, labeling, and functionalism will help frame the current discourse about child rights.