A brief report on Childwatch International network activities between the two most recent Key Institutions Assemblies has been published on our web site. It describes an array of different activities, involving partners from all corners of the world.
The recent Children's Rights at a Cross-Roads conference gathered child rights and research experts from all across the world, representing a range of sectors involved in child rights related issues. One of the main conclusions of the conference was that there is need for a greater focus on indigenous research on children and their rights, carried out by researchers in national and local academic institutions.
The Childwatch International Key Institutions Assembly is coming up, and the background documents have now been made available on the network web site. The Agenda can be downloaded, so can minutes from the last Assembly plus all Board meetings.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child came into force 20 November 20 years ago. The Convention has contributed to a greater focus on the well-being and dignity of children, or the lack of such. The upcoming conference Children's Rights at a Cross-Roads gives an opportunity to look at the role of research in the implementation processes around the globe.
A new Board is to be elected at the Childwatch International Key Institutions Assembly, 3 - 4 December 2009. The deadline for the Call for Nominations has extended until November 6th, to allow all Key Institutions to nominate suitable candidates.
Childwatch International takes advantage of the highly relevant and timely Children's Rights at a Cross-Roads Conference, and organizes its tri-annual Key Institutions Assembly in Addis Ababa during two days following the global conference. The events take place 30 November - 2 December and 3 - 4 December respectively. The Conference and Assembly web sites have opened for registering participation. Deadline for both events is 6 November.
A new Board is to be elected at the Childwatch International Key Institutions Assembly, 3 - 4 December 2009. A Call for Nominations has been issued. All Key Institutions are encouraged to submit their nominations to the Nominating Committee by 25 October.
Marta Santos Pais, Stephen Lewis, Yanghee Lee and Jaap Doek will all be addressing the Children's Rights at a Cross-Roads Conference with their reflections on the role of research in the implementation of children's rights. The global conference on child rights and research will take place in Addis Ababa, 30 November - 2 December of this year.
The redesigned web site of the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago gives access to a great number of research resources, organized by theme or publication type. The reports, policy briefs, lectures and project data base are easily accessible, and is a great resource for anyone interested in public policy and programs for the well-being of children and youth.
The Innocenti Social Monitor 2009 examines the evolving and diverging challenges for the well-being of children after two decades of transition. Following a long period of economic growth and gradual improvements in living standards, the global economic crisis is now threatening to reverse some of the recent positive achievements and plunge households and children into another phase of uncertainty.
Law, Social Justice and Global Development is an innovative new electronic law journal covering a range of topics relating to legal issues surrounding the impact of globalisation on social development. This coming issue is edited by Prof. Asha Bajpaj of the TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, and will focus on the impact of globalization on child rights.
Child Rigths in Practice: Measuring our Impact is organized by IICRD at the University of Victoria, Canada, 25 - 30 October 2009. The conference aims to examine the impact that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has had on the day-to-day lives of children in Canada and around the world.
Childwatch members contribute to a new comprehensive handbook of children's studies, edited by Jens Qvortrup, William Corsaro and Michael-Sebastian Honig. The Palgrave Handbook of Children's Studies is a collection of essays that maps the field whilst setting a research agenda for future study.
A Handbook of Children and Young People's Participation, edited by Barry Percy-Smith and Nigel Thomas, includes discussions on challenges facing issues of participation, contextual aspects, as well as theoretical and methodological reflections about projects and practice. The book includes chapters by prominent members of the Childwatch International Research Network.
On 9 an 10 March 2009, the international Girl Child Conference on violence against girls was held in the Kurhaus in The Hague.
The declaration from the World Congress III against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November last year was recently finalized and published by the Brazilian government. The declaration supports the strengthening of research to improve preventive measures, interventions and monitoring to ensure quality of programs.
Dr. Ferran Casas represented Childwatch International at UNICEF / OECD / European Commission consultation on child well-being, 25 - 27 May.
The Childwatch International thematic group on Children and the Law are distributing a questionnaire to all Key Institutions to map children's participation in family law processes related to post-separation care arrangements internationally. This is the second phase of a larger international comparative study on children and the law. We encourage all Key Institutions to contribute to the study!
The Childwatch International Board has decided to allocate some financial resources for regional network activities in 2009. The regional networks have planned activities that support participation or representation at the Children's Rights at the Cross-Roads conference at the end of the year.
The International Society for Child Indicators is organizing its 2nd International Conference: Counting Children In!, in collaboration with the University of Western Sydney, 4 - 5 November 2009. A symposium on child inclusive research takes place one day before the conference. Submit your abstract before 19 June to take part in these important events!
Marta Santos Pais, Director of the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, has been appointed Special Representative on Violence Against Children by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Marta Arango, Childwatch Board member and Director of CINDE, Colombia, has been awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Latin America by the Schwab Foundation. She receives the award for her outstanding life long work to revolutionize early childhood care and education in Colombia and internationally.
Stewart Asquith, highly respected partner, colleague and friend, passed away 13 April. We are very sorry to have lost an important resource to the international academic child rights community and to the Childwatch International Research network.
The Young Lives Project is a unique longitudinal research project about child poverty, reaching 12.000 children in Peru, India, Vietnam and Ethiopia. A major conference presenting and discussing the project and issues related to child poverty was held in Oxford at the end of March. Childwatch International sent two representatives to the event, to explore how the network could join forces with the Young Lives Project.