- In La Paz, Bolivia, the Andean Subregional Meeting of Girls, Boys and Adolescents is held.
- Its participants put forward proposals for the fulfillment of their rights, in particular the right to participation.
- They will offer proposals and exchange positive experiences of advocacy in their countries or regions of origin that contribute to the full exercise of their rights.
With the aim of generating a space where children and adolescents can exercise the right to participation, the Latin American and Caribbean Network for the Defense of the Rights of Boys, Girls and Adolescents - REDLAMYC, within the framework of the #TejiendoRedesInfancia Project co-financed for the European Union, holds the First Andean Subregional Meeting of Girls, Boys and Adolescents, on November 30 and December 1, 2018, in the city of La Paz - Bolivia.
The meeting will make it possible to identify the main difficulties faced by children and adolescents in relation to the fulfillment of their rights, and based on this, prepare a document with the main demands that they make to the authorities or organizations.
It will have the participation of more than one hundred boys, girls and adolescents between 11 and 18 years of age, who will dialogue about the right to participation, national and subregional advocacy processes; and to give proposals and exchange positive advocacy experiences that they carried out in their countries or regions of origin; and that they contribute to the full exercise of their rights.
In this regard, Nadia, an adolescent representative of the Union of Working Boys, Girls and Adolescents of Bolivia, stated that “It is satisfactory to see that there are instances that promote this type of space so that our opinions are heard; we children and adolescents are not only the future, we are also the present ”.
Julia Velasco, Technical Coordinator of the Andean Subregion of the #TejiendoRedesInfancia project, mentioned that the participants "They are going to draw up a plan for the future to see how they can influence the family, the community, the neighborhood, the school, the country so that there are more public policies in favor of their rights."
Juan Martín Pérez García, Executive Secretary of REDLAMYC, pointed out in a video message that a few weeks ago more than 180 children and adolescents in Brazil and more than 40 in El Salvador also met. He encouraged those attending the Meeting in Bolivia to find with them other ways to advance in the guarantee of their rights, to improve public programs and expand investment in the States. He invited girls and boys to find creative ways to advocate and to maintain the conversation with the hashtag #TejiendoRedesInfancia.
This Meeting is the third to be held in Latin America and the Caribbean, after those held this month in Brazil and El Salvador; On this occasion, Bolivia was the headquarters that brings together several representatives of the Bolivian Coalition for the Defense for the Defense of the Rights of Boys, Girls and Adolescents, Bolivia; Alliance for Colombian Children, Colombia; Movement of Girls, Boys and Adolescents of Ecuador and the Group
Verónica Morales, Regional Communication Officer #TejiendoRedesInfancia +52 1 55 5620 9309