With the financial assistance from Kindernothilfe and together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and UNICEF, the Uganda Child Rights NGO Network has developed 'The National Child Participation Guide for Uganda'. This guide is specifically designed for those working at institutions/organizations including schools and health care providers; legal institutions; probation and welfare institutions; local councils; Non Governmental Organisations; Community-Based Organisations and the media. It is intended to facilitate meaningful participation of children from family through to national and international levels.
Children everywhere in the world have rights. These are set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Kindernothilfe calls for the introduction of the right of individual complaint as an effective instrument to implement this UN convention.
[GENEVA, Friday 17 June 2011] The UN Human Rights Council has adopted the final draft Optional Protocol on a communications procedure for children's rights violations crafted by an intergovernmental working group over ten days in December 2010 and February 2011. The new protocol will enable the Committee on the Rights of the Child to examine communications from children and their representatives alleging violations of their rights.
The individual complaints procedure is a monitoring procedure used by UN organs for the implementation of human rights. It allows the individual to bring a complaint of violations of his/her rights by a particular state before an independent UN-Committee - but only after all domestic legal remedies have been exhausted.
Kindernothilfe has announced that in 2008 and 2009, their theme of the year will be the rights of the child. Barbara Dünweller, Kindernothilfe's child rights expert spoke to Gunhild Aiyub (editor) about what that means for her work in Germany and abroad.
More often than not children are unaware of their rights meant to protect, promote and strengthen them. It is the more important that children and adolescents become aware of their rights and learn to assert them in their daily lives and with a view to their future. This will not happen on its own. They need human beings and organisations
campaigning for the children‘s rights together with them. To take an interest in children, to listen to them, to trust that they are able to develop their own ideas for themselves and their lives - together with the rights of protection and provision, participation is the third pillar of the rights of the child.