The Committee on the Rights of the Child hold Days of General Discussion (DGD) to gather children and young people, and organisations that work with and for children, to discuss particular issues relating to children's rights.

In previous years, the General Discussion Days have focussed on issues such as the girl child (1995), Digital Media and Children's Rights (2014), and Children's Rights and the Environment (2016).  See all the Committee's General Discussion Days and following recommendations here.  

2018 DGD on Children as Human Rights Defenders

This year, the Committee will hold their Day of General Discussion on 28th September 2018 in Geneva on 'Protecting and Empowering Children as Human Rights Defenders.' 

Together sits on the DGD Taskforce, chaired by Child Rights Connect, which is responsible for coordinating the day.  Together's membership on the Taskforce has meant the children's organisations in Scotland are able to be represented at the DGD along with other children and young people from across the world.  

A formal partnership has been set up between Together and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Scottish Youth Parliament, Children’s Parliament and Who Cares? Scotland to progress work in Scotland on the DGD.  On the 20th June 2018, the first ‘DGD Hub’ was held in the Scottish Parliament and was attended by 12 children and young people who discussed their experiences as Human Rights Defenders.  The young people also linked up with the Welsh Senedd to share learning.  The event was organised by Together and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland with support from other DGD partner organisations.

Work is ongoing in Scotland on projects that highlight and support the work of children human rights defenders.

  • Read about the work Children's Parliament is doing with human rights defenders here