Call for Abstracts: Child in the City Seminar June 2021

The International Child in the City Foundation and the City of Cascais invite you to submit your abstract for the Child in the City Seminar How to make children’s rights mainstream in local policy planning? on 17-18 June 2021.

We closely follow the developments regarding the coronavirus and we follow the guidelines set by the experts. Therefore this seminar will be organised as a hybrid event: live (if allowed) and online.

Local governments all over the world want their cities and towns to become a child-friendly place based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).

Children’s rights have since then been referenced in many different local policy documents and progress has been made, but many cities still struggle with the translation and implementation of children’s rights. This seminar aims to take further steps forward in both theoretically reflecting on children’s rights and implementing the convention in specific policy contexts.

In doing so, it is our starting point that children and young people themselves are the first to be engaged in the development of policies and practices that positively support them as they grow up and develop.

For this seminar we therefore invite speakers to share with us their experiences on how to professionalize and mainstream children’s rights. What challenges do they face, what problems have they struggled with and how do they engage young people in the process?

We focus on five specific themes:

  • Critical reflections on the framework of United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child
  • Children’s rights in the fields of education and child care (in times of corona)
  • The implementation of children’s rights in urban planning, development and design
  • Children’s and young people’s participation as a tool to establish children’s rights
  • Corona and the neglect of children’s rights particularly in underprivileged areas

Would you like to present your expertise, project or research at the seminar? The call for abstracts is open, we kindly invite you to submit your abstract.

Lia Karsten, President Scientific Program Committee, Child in the City Foundation
Ana Rodrigues Almada, Head of Division for the Promotion of Rights in the Territory, Cascais

Location and date
The Child in the City Seminar on Children’s rights takes place on 17-18 June 2021 in Cascais, Portugal.

The call for abstracts for Child in the City Seminar Cascais will close 26 February at 17.00 hrs Central European Standard Time. Feedback will be given in the week of 15-19 March 2021.
Click here for more information on how to submit your abstract.

Author: Simon Weedy

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