Group: The Voice of Children
Malala Yousafzai has been the phenomenon that highlights a vexing question for children and equity action. In a very short time she has gone from a local advocate for girls education in her local context to maybe the most prominent global voice on the rights of girls. Of course her circumstances are unique. But still the fact is that she has become a key voice for girls and children. Few would doubt her impact.
Amplifying the voice of those most affected is a key communication for development principle. When it comes to children there are many reasons why that is a difficult strategic principle to implement - their young age, comparative lack of understanding of the broader context in which they live, traditions in all countries that work against children having a voice, unfamiliarity with the communication processes, and many more.
But if we consider the combination of the principle of children's voices being an essential part of an equity approach and the demonstrated impact of such an approach as exemplified by the Malala phenomenon how can and should we take further steps? Perhaps four questions to prompt the conversation, sharing and support.
- How do you assess the Malala effect and process?
- How do you presently assess the performance of the Development community related to amplifying the voices of children?
- How can we further amplify the voices of children?
- Which initiatives do you regard as leading the way when it comes to the voices of children? Why?
In support of overall action on Children and Equity issues, please share your responses by either an email reply or clicking on Read More link below and entering comments on the platform.
With many thanks - Warren