Film on children’s participation at Child Forum
This film shows how Fryshuset actively involved and engaged children living in Sweden to participate in the Child Forum project, a collaboration between Fryshuset and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
During six weeks children in Sweden have worked hard on how to safeguard children’s rights and prevent future conflict, aimed at producing recommendations to be presented to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström on the 22 of March 2018. In preparation for the Child Forum, the children had among other things the opportunity to link up with children in conflict areas, so the recommendations will in part be the result of this engagement.
Recommendations to the Children’s Forum and Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on the work on children and armed conflict.
- Respect for International Laws and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in armed conflicts.
- The UN shall ensure that children under the age of 18 are not recruited or used as soldiers.
- In armed conflicts, a “Global hot line” shall be established (phone line).
- Ensure that displaced families are not separated and if this happens, ensure that children and parents are reunited.
- In the event of an imminent armed conflict, “survival kits” shall be provided to all households.
- Educate children about children’s rights and train staff in places such as refugee camps on the Rights of the Child.
- Guarantee education, “centres of hope / child-friendly spaces” and encouraging activities.
- Ensure that all children have the right to speak and be heard.
- Educate a global task force in collaboration with “Teachers without Borders” that can be rapidly deployed in conflict zones and start teaching displaced children.
- Girls and boys as well as women and men shall be guaranteed equal treatment.
- Protect schools and hospitals from attacks.
- Children under the age of 18 must not be forced into marriage.
- Demand more severe punishments for raping and abusing children – make perpetrators accountable.
- Make children and parents aware of the risks related to social media in terms of recruitment, trafficking, and exploitation of children.
- Have a permanent children’s advisory committee in the UN Security Council.