#IDSC22 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR STREET CHILDREN 2022
International day for street children 2022
From exclusion to inclusion
What prospects for children
in street situations?
Panel discussions | 12–13 ApRIL 2022
Online and in-person
Celebrated every 12 April, the International Day for Street Children aims to give voice to the millions of children in street situations and recall the importance of recognizing their rights.
The International Day for Street Children
Almost all States1 have ratified the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (adopted on 20 November 1989) and have an obligation to ensure that all children enjoy these rights. However, many domestic policies still do not include children in street situations.
Who are the children in street situations?
Being a “child in a street situation” can mean different realities:
- Sleeping on the streets and having no contact with your family;
- Living on the streets with your family;
- Alternating between the streets and shelters;
- Spending most of the time on the streets and going home at night.
These girls and boys all have different stories, but the street plays a central role in their daily lives and significantly shapes their identities.
Launched in 2011 by the global network Consortium for Street Children, this day (not officially recognized by the United Nations (UN)) is more necessary than ever to give visibility to children in street situations.
To guide States in providing appropriate protection for these children, in 2017 the UN Human Rights Committee adopted General Comment No. 21 on children in street situations. The text recognizes for the first time that governments must afford particular attention to these children and ensure that their rights are respected.
Five years after the adoption of this fundamental text, we call on governments and civil society to join us in reflecting on the future of these children.
1 To date, only the United States has not ratified the Convention.
Replay the panel discussions of 12 and 13 April 2022!
Available in English and French.
"Most children living or working in the street face a daily struggle of abuse,hunger,exclusion as the international community fails to realize their rights. The staggering figure of 150M leaves out many more suffering in silence."— United Nations SRSG on Violence against Children (@UN_EndViolence) April 12, 2022
@ExclusionToInclusion @AAuteuil @Apprentis_FAAI pic.twitter.com/aFnxpwwqoh
“They are not passive. They are actors. They know what they want. They have dreams. We need to invest in them.” --@UN_EndViolence #StreetChildrenDay #IDSC #ExclusionToInclusion pic.twitter.com/uSRr0JDGMB— Katherine Richards (@Kat___Richards) April 12, 2022
#ExclusionToInclusion Surviving the streets: a reality for many children— Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil International (FAAI) (@Apprentis_FAAI) April 12, 2022
✊ Youth & children that have gone through street situations need to challenge policy makers and voice out what they have experienced!
-- They need to be heard and their testimonies are to be listened to! pic.twitter.com/k1XrcAuAY3
Our wonderful UNCRC colleague Hynd Ayoubi-Idrissi on the importance of going beyond States Parties valuable legal frameworks and committing to real actions on the ground. @lexpsy #childrights pic.twitter.com/gtpN9dxXXI— UNChildRights (@UNChildRights1) April 13, 2022
-- Laura Hendricksen, International Director @AAuteuil— Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil International (FAAI) (@Apprentis_FAAI) April 13, 2022
"Feeling discriminated is really the 1rts cause of suffering that children in street situations keep inside as a wound for years, even after the street situation. That’s what we focus on.
-- Marie Madeleine Tiendrebéogo, Director of Kogl Taaba in Burkina Faso #ExclusionToInclusion— Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil International (FAAI) (@Apprentis_FAAI) April 13, 2022
“The link between children in street situations and family is key. We need to have the families to thrive, as well as children. That is what we do in our centers.
-- Hynd Ayoubi Idrissi @ONU_fr— Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil International (FAAI) (@Apprentis_FAAI) April 13, 2022
"State commitments need to be translated into concret action plans at State levels. Laws do exist, but they need to be actually implemented with the appropriate means & aimed at specific populations.
-- Carl Lacharité, Psychologist and professor, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières live from Quebec— Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil International (FAAI) (@Apprentis_FAAI) April 13, 2022
"Empathy and remembering our own chilhood are the first steps to quality dialogue and listening" pic.twitter.com/YLDtLvUyWH
--How to empower vulnerable children & families?— Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil International (FAAI) (@Apprentis_FAAI) April 1, 2022
Discover the inspiring work of @Qosqo_Maki our partner in Peru, our project in Burkina Faso with Kogl Taaba, @beau_christophe & other experts!
--️13 April#ExclusionToInclusion #IDSC22 #IDSC2022 pic.twitter.com/2XJUaBr90d
How we can make street-connected children' rights a reality?— Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil International (FAAI) (@Apprentis_FAAI) March 24, 2022
Join the discussion and discover young people testimonies and wishes : Let’s mobilize for their rights!
--️13 April 18h30 CET
--Geneva & online#ExclusionToInclusion #IDSC22 #IDSC2022 pic.twitter.com/JPYYFMthmy
--Who are today’s street-connected children?#StreetChildrensDay : Join the discussion with @UN_EndViolence on the causes of exclusion and violence experienced by these children around the world.— Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil International (FAAI) (@Apprentis_FAAI) April 6, 2022
Register-- https://t.co/q1qEboE6yl #ExclusionToInclusion #IDSC22 pic.twitter.com/zJawp1ic2K
Programme: 12–13 april 2022
How do you reintegrate and support children and young people in situations of great vulnerability?
In the course of three panel discussions, we will touch on the following themes: the factors of exclusion; the work being done to support these children; and the strategies that need to be put in place to ensure their rights are better protected.
Surviving the streets: A reality for many children in the 21st century, near and far
tuesday 12 april
Opening speech by Ms Nathalie Fontanet, State Councillor, Geneva
Dr Najat Maala M’jid, Special Representative of Secretary-General on Violence against Children, UN
Jean Dzéné, Head, Children in Street Situations and Strategy international programme, Fondation d’Auteuil
Joseph Likibi, Coordinator, REIPER, Republic of the Congo
Families and children, agents of their own change: How can we support them?
Wednesday 13 april
Carl Lacharité, Psychologist and full professor of psychology, Université de Quebec à Trois-Rivières
Dr Nicolas Liengme, Child psychiatrist and co-founder of Païdos, Geneva
Christophe Beau, Head, Family and Parenting international programme, Fondation d’Auteuil
Marie Madeleine Tiendrebeogo, Director, Kogl Taaba, Burkina Faso
Jorge Roldán del Solar, Social worker, Qosqo Maki, Peru
Protecting children in street situations: Our priority!
Wednesday 13 april
Introductive speech from the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Mr Philip Jaffé, Vice-chair.
Opening speech by Mr Alfonso Gomez, administrative councilor, City of Geneva
Hynd Ayoubi Idrissi, Vice Chair of Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN
Dedho, 27 years old, France
Joseph Likibi, Coordinator, REIPER, Republic of the Congo
Lucy Halton, Legal and Advocacy Officer, Consortium for Street Children
Laura Hendricksen, International Director, Fondation d’Auteuil
Chemin de Blandonnet 8
The restaurant is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
By public transport: From Cornavin station, take tram 14 (direction Meyrin-Gravière) or tram 18 (direction CERN) and get off at the Blandonnet stop (2 minutes walk to the restaurant).
By car: Parking available.
This event is bilingual: simultaneous translation in French and English will be available on the spot and online.
The panel discussions will be followed by a cocktail reception and a chance to chat with the panellists.
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