Together partners with children and young people’s organisations to hold first DGD Hub

Date: 28th June 2018
Category: Awareness-raising, Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC, Respect for the views of the child

Last week, Together partnered with other children's rights organisations in Scotland to hold the first Day of General Discussion (DGD) Hub in preparation for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's DGD on Children as Human Rights Defenders, which will take place in September.

Held in the Scottish Parliament and sponsored by the Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee, the event was attended by 12 children and young people who discussed the role of Human Rights Defenders. The young people also linked up with groups at the Welsh Senedd to share experiences and learning of how children can stand up for the rights of all young people.

The event was organised by Together and the Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland and other partner organisations included Children's Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament. The aim of the event was to raise awareness and understanding about the role of children as human rights defenders and to share learning with other children human rights defenders in Wales.

Together has been coordinating with members to take forward Scotland's work around the DGD and to link this with work that has been happening around the UK, including the event that was held at the Welsh Senedd.

Together is a member of the DGD Taskforce which is responsible for coordinating the Day of General Discussion. Together's involvement on the Taskforce has lead to representation of children and young people from Scotland in the organisation of the DGD. For example, the Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament sits on the 'content' team and Members of the Children's Parliament are in the 'participation' team, which ensures that the day is informed and developed with children and young people.

Find out more about the DGD Hub here.

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