“A society cannot successfully develop if an entire section of its children are left behind. This is not acceptable and everything must be done to solve this.” — Fernando López-Fabregat, Ambassador of Uruguay to the UK #CSCconference2018
— CSC (@streetchildren) November 8, 2018
On 8 November 2018, Consortium for Street Children held its Annual Conference at Amnesty International’s offices in New Inn Yard, London. This was our first ever international conference that brought together the full spectrum of our network’s work: Research, Advocacy, Communications and Campaigning.
It was attended by over 70 delegates from all around the world, including representatives from Uganda, the Philippines, India, Mexico, Uruguay, Canada, the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
This year’s theme was “Equality and Inclusion for Street Children”, and a wide range of discussions took place on how we can work with street-connected children to empower them and make sure that their voices are heard by organisations and governments around the world.
We are excited to attend the CSC annual conference in London today, and to learn from organisations how we together can make use of data we know that can be collected to make smart decisions to empower vulnerable children around the world. #cscconference2018 pic.twitter.com/M9czra02hg
— FreedomCollaborative (@FreedomCollab) November 8, 2018
The workshop and panel sessions covered a wide variety of subjects, and included some good in-depth discussion of the themes being presented by network members from around the world. We have a full conference report available below (also available in French and Spanish), summarising the engaging presentations and interesting discussions that were had at the event.
“We have to stop thinking about #streetchildren as victims. We have to think of them in a rights-based way. They are not necessarily something to be saved but a group to be empowered by given their rights.” – @angelacoinvigil @streetchildren #CSCconference2018
— Cities for Children (@Cities_Children) November 8, 2018
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