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Children and young
people in activism
Sena Atici, Campaigns Coordinator – Amnesty International UK
Committee member, AIUK Children’s Human Rights Network
ECF EUROPE 2019
Children and young people in
activism
OVERVIEW
ECF EUROPE 2019
Popular movements led by children and young people
Start and success of these movements
Amnesty International UK’s work with children and young
people
Dos and Don’ts
What we can learn from children and young people
How we can help them in their activism
Children and young people in
activism
ECF EUROPE 2019
INTRODUCTION
Children and young people in
activism
POPULAR MOVEMENTS LED BY
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
ECF EUROPE 2019
Children and young people in
activism
POPULAR MOVEMENTS LED BY
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
ECF EUROPE 2019
Children and young people in
activism
HOW DID THESE
MOVEMENTS START?
ECF EUROPE 2019
Children have enough information on the
issue
Issues that affect them on a personal level
Lack of trust in adults to make change
Lack of trust in governments to take action
Children and young people in
activism
SUCCESS IN THESE MOVEMENTS
ECF EUROPE 2019
Appealing to a big part of the population
Media and social media attention
More attention because they are children (unusual)
Children and young people in
activism
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UK’S
WORK
ECF EUROPE 2019
Children and young people in
activism
RISE UP
ECF EUROPE 2019
Children and young people in
activism
CHILDREN’S HUMAN RIGHTS
NETWORK
ECF EUROPE 2019
Children and young people in
activism
CHILDREN’S HUMAN RIGHTS
NETWORK
ECF EUROPE 2019
Children and young people in
activism
AIUK’S SUCCESS IN WORKING WITH
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
ECF EUROPE 2019
Children and young people in
activism
DOs AND DON’Ts
ECF EUROPE 2019
 Don’t assume knowledge
 Do provide knowledge
 Don’t be patronising
 Be empowering
 Don’t talk about and on behalf of them (when possible)
 Make sure they are part of the conversation
Children and young people in
activism
WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
ECF EUROPE 2019
A movement that starts slow doesn’t mean lack of
success
Importance of patience
Importance of innovation
Every cause is worth fighting for
There is no age to make change happen
Children are not our future, they are our present
Children and young people in
activism
WAYS WE CAN SUPPORT THESE
ACTIVISTS
ECF EUROPE 2019
Tools
Resources/Knowledge
Support
Dos and Don’ts
Believe in them
QUESTIONS?
ECF EUROPE 2019

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Young people in activism - Sena Atici

  • 1. Children and young people in activism Sena Atici, Campaigns Coordinator – Amnesty International UK Committee member, AIUK Children’s Human Rights Network ECF EUROPE 2019
  • 2. Children and young people in activism OVERVIEW ECF EUROPE 2019 Popular movements led by children and young people Start and success of these movements Amnesty International UK’s work with children and young people Dos and Don’ts What we can learn from children and young people How we can help them in their activism
  • 3. Children and young people in activism ECF EUROPE 2019 INTRODUCTION
  • 4. Children and young people in activism POPULAR MOVEMENTS LED BY CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ECF EUROPE 2019
  • 5. Children and young people in activism POPULAR MOVEMENTS LED BY CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ECF EUROPE 2019
  • 6. Children and young people in activism HOW DID THESE MOVEMENTS START? ECF EUROPE 2019 Children have enough information on the issue Issues that affect them on a personal level Lack of trust in adults to make change Lack of trust in governments to take action
  • 7. Children and young people in activism SUCCESS IN THESE MOVEMENTS ECF EUROPE 2019 Appealing to a big part of the population Media and social media attention More attention because they are children (unusual)
  • 8. Children and young people in activism AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UK’S WORK ECF EUROPE 2019
  • 9. Children and young people in activism RISE UP ECF EUROPE 2019
  • 10. Children and young people in activism CHILDREN’S HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK ECF EUROPE 2019
  • 11. Children and young people in activism CHILDREN’S HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK ECF EUROPE 2019
  • 12. Children and young people in activism AIUK’S SUCCESS IN WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ECF EUROPE 2019
  • 13. Children and young people in activism DOs AND DON’Ts ECF EUROPE 2019  Don’t assume knowledge  Do provide knowledge  Don’t be patronising  Be empowering  Don’t talk about and on behalf of them (when possible)  Make sure they are part of the conversation
  • 14. Children and young people in activism WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ECF EUROPE 2019 A movement that starts slow doesn’t mean lack of success Importance of patience Importance of innovation Every cause is worth fighting for There is no age to make change happen Children are not our future, they are our present
  • 15. Children and young people in activism WAYS WE CAN SUPPORT THESE ACTIVISTS ECF EUROPE 2019 Tools Resources/Knowledge Support Dos and Don’ts Believe in them