Caribbean to make history at World Congress on Justice With Children

By Hanan Redwan Published on November 07, 2021
Caribbean to make history at World Congress on Justice With Children

The World Congress on Justice With Children, which takes place November 15—20, is an action-oriented conference where experts and professionals of different capacities exchange ideas and best practices on justice for and with children. Previous World Congresses in Geneva (2015) and Paris (2018) did not feature the Caribbean as a separate region but as Latin America. For the first time, a Caribbean Regional Session will form part of the programme for the World Congress, and a team from the Caribbean will feature at the Congress.

This year’s World Congress is virtual and free of charge to registered participants who will receive a certificate of attendance. The website is HTTPS:// Proceedings will be in English, French and Spanish.

The World Congress 2021 is hosted by the Federal Mexican Supreme Court of Justice and organised by the Global Initiative on Justice with Children, comprising Terre des Hommes Foundation, Penal Reform International, The International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates and the International Institute for the Rights of the Child. The Congress is supported by UNICEF and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children. The Scientific Committee organising the programme were drawn from coming from North America, Latin and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Sub- Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Asia Pacific and Oceana. Senator Hazel Thompson-Ahye, who has attended the previous World Congresses, represents the Caribbean.

The World Congress themes are:

Systemic racism and the disproportionate criminalisation of children from indigenous, ethnic and other minority groups;

Discrimination due to gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, fostering a gender justice approach;

Discrimination experienced by children and young people affected by migration, including refugees, unaccompanied foreign children and children of foreign parents;

Discrimination due to disability and health conditions;

Discrimination due to substance use and abuse;

Hanan Redwan

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