Mapping of Legislation and Policies on Children and Adolescents’ Participation in Decision-making in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

For Save the Children, the participation of children and adolescents in the civic process is one of the key elements that vitalize and boost the work of advancing and protecting children’s rights. Without the views and input from those whose rights they are, these rights are left hollow and become little more than unilateral provisions created by adults for children. 

When drafting the 2018 plan back in 2017, we knew that many countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region have had and do have interaction practices between children/ adolescents and government institutions in place; however, we also knew that most of these participation spaces lacked the support of laws or policies. Hence, the objective of this study: to collect up-to-date information on the existence of such legal provisions. The results will shed light on the way forward for some of our actions when approaching policy-makers.

Published 2018-12-05

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