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Global Action Month 2019: Promoting children´s environmental rights in the Region

Nowadays in Latin America we have dictatorial regimes that evidently violate universal human rights. We could say that the fight in our territories is primarily a fight for our life, justice, truth and no discrimination where young people don’t have to give up on their dreams, reaching the point where they leave their countries. Migration is a growing trend in Latin America caused and influenced by economic factors, unemployment, civic insecurity, corruption, well-being and better life conditions pursuit, something that is a right violated these last months: the right to live.

However, as rights’ advocating youth which is politically persecuted, criminalized and deprived from fundamental rights, we still create and propose building a participatory society where universal human rights are protected, with no barriers where everybody participates without exception.

In our region, the Global Action Month brings an opportunity for the youth to express our demands and make proposals of changes in favor of our rights and in defense of our territories. This permitted us to enter the adult dialogue reducing the adult-centrism level that sometimes underestimates our capacities and does not value the youth’s ideas, our way of organizing and being agents of change.

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In our region, the Global Action Month brings an opportunity for the youth to express our demands and make proposals of changes in favor of our rights and in defense of our territories. This permitted us to enter the adult dialogue reducing the adult-centrism level that sometimes underestimates our capacities and does not value the youth’s ideas, our way of organizing and being agents of change.

Moreover, a space for deepening into certain topics that mean something after all year’s work is getting established. These spaces allow us to achieve child and youth participation in the community.

The Global Action Month gives us the opportunity to show all the continued actions we have been doing in our territories and training spaces. It means for us to show the importance of defending our territories and all what this means to make a better life for people that historically have been vulnerable due to the capitalist, patriarchal and racist right-wing governments system.

In this year 2019, being the 30th anniversary of the Children’s Rights Convention, we are going to inform, analyze and assess the stated rights on the Convention from our territories perspective in favor of our right to a healthy and sustainable environment. As Latin American Youth Network we are planning several actions and activities at this regard, which include:

  • Festivals
  • Fairs
  • Banner painting
  • Concerts
  • Conferences
  • Debates
  • Carnivals
  • Security workshops
  • Painting workshops
  • Demonstrations
  • Tree-planting
  • Radio spots

With all these activities we want to create bonds of trust, show solidarity to our fellow countries in the violent context we’re living in and support new forms of expression from the recreational, artistic and creative side that’s defending the children’s and youth’s rights.


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