Participation of the child in research

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Participatory research that engages children as active, informed and informative agents has rapidly expanded over the past two decades. It includes children in the research and development of different social provisions such as education, health and the law, and can begin to address the absence of children’s voices in research (Groundwater-Smith et al, 2014). The […]

The separation of migrant children from their families at the US-Mexico border

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Every child has a right to safety and protection, regardless of where they come from or where they are going. This right, however, is not always upheld, and this is particularly visible when looking at the current migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border. Unaccompanied migrant children are being separated from their families, which has devastating […]

International child abduction – conflict of parents and laws detrimental to children

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In the past few years, the number of cases involving international child abduction has risen significantly. International child abduction is, unfortunately, becoming a common trend which usually occurs during a heated or emotional marital dispute, in the early stages of separation or divorce, or in the waiting period of a court custody order or agreement. […]

Humanium facilitates consultation with children in view of a UN resolution on the SDG

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In light of the Annual Day on the Rights of the Child held on 1 March 2021, Humanium participated as a facilitator and member of a working group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to gather the voices of children around the world. This was made possible thanks to Child Rights Connect, which brings together […]

The virtuous cycle of meaningful child participation

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On 1 April 2021, the European Union and the Council of Europe launched the joint project ‘CP4EUROPE’. This project seeks to improve the means and opportunities for child participation (Council of Europe, 2021). Although participation is considered to be a fundamental right of the child, there is still an increasing need for projects which would […]

The impact of Covid-19 on child labour in cobalt mines in the DRC

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Last year, after schools and businesses closed during the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, remote working and learning via video-conferencing were increasingly relied on, even becoming the main means of communication. As a result there was a 26% hike in sales of electronic devices such as smartphones, computers and tablets. The health crisis was […]

Children’s Mental Health During the Pandemic – A Distressing Reality

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It is an unignorable reality that (until recently) the seemingly invincible coronavirus brought about unprecedented changes in our daily lives on a global scale.  Overnight, countries have started facing a rapid escalation of the spread of the virus and introduced lockdowns that panned weeks in some, and months in others, resulting in millions grappling to […]

Do Screens Hijack Children’s Attention Spans? Understanding the Impact of Screen Time on Child Development

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As the world continues to evolve, children are no longer exempt from the increasingly wide reaches of technological innovation. Gone are the days when children would solely dream of green grass and imaginative outdoor games. Today, many children are closely familiar with the online world from an infantile age. This exposure to the Internet can […]

The Year to End Child Labour

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) has marked 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, with the aim of encouraging legislative and policy action that would eradicate the scourge of child labour worldwide. However, unless appropriate mechanisms are designed to mitigate the decline in child labour wages, a ban on child labour […]

Understanding the Ramifications of ‘Sharenting’: Children’s “Right to be forgotten”

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Digital technologies permeate every sector of modern society and children’s lives are no exception. Innovative platforms have reshaped children’s experience of the world, presenting new risks that substantially affect their human rights. ‘Sharenting’ is one such risk; as it creates a traceable digital footprint which is attached to children without their consent (Haley, 2020). This […]