Paraguay youth want their rights respected
CCFC-supported youth join a global consultation leading up to a United Nations forum presentation
By Rosanna Menchaca, CCFC, communications manager, Paraguay
PARAGUAY — The voices of more than 120 Paraguayan youth will soon be heard at the Global Call to Action at the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum, where the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children coalition will present its strategy for change based on feedback from children and adolescents around the world (among other sources).
“I like the proposal of the Global Partnership, because its main objective is to make sure children are heard and [their ideas are] considered by governments,” said Guadalupe, a 14-year-old from a CCFC Paraguay-sponsored community, one of many adolescents whose ideas will be heard at the July 2016 forum.
While brainstorming to create a strategy, youth agreed ending violence against their generation includes ensuring the old and young are trained on child rights, adults listen to children and families care for each other. The group also discussed what they can do to reduce violence, including respecting their peers, inviting families to end violence at home and asking the government to “talk less and act more,” while listening to what children need to protect their rights.
“We want to see violence stop and the police protect us, so there’s no criminals; also they should help children on the street go to school and give them decent clothes,” said Osvaldo, a 13-year-old from a CCFC Paraguay-supported community.
Based in New York, the coalition led by UNICEF, ChildFund Alliance (of which CCFC is a member), SOS Children’s Villages and other international child-focused non-governmental organizations was launched last September following the approval of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030. CCFC Paraguay is working with the Paraguayan Government and UNICEF to become one of six countries selected by the coalition to lead a charge to prevent and respond to violence against children.