This book demonstrates how a focus on children’s rights can help practitioners to safeguard children during humanitarian crisis.
Child Rights in Humanitarian Crisis focuses on understanding and advancing child rights through practical applications of a child rights perspective in crisis response. The book establishes that with accessible, child-friendly participatory means, crisis response can improve from a child rights perspective and even advance children’s rights whilst also supporting and furthering the development of a child’s agency. The volume presents the reader with a clear focus on children from a range of backgrounds, including those most marginalised, such as children with disabilities. Drawing on expertise from the field as well as academia, and providing practical examples which link case studies to legal policies in recent and protracted humanitarian responses, such as in Turkey and at the Lithuania–Belarus border, this book is a treasure trove of advice from some of the humanitarian and development sector’s most experienced professionals.
Combining insights from both research and practice, this book will be an essential read for humanitarian students and practitioners.
1. Introduction: children’s crisis response in need of improvement
Jessica Jonsson and Rigmor Argren
2. Promoting children’s rights to participation in humanitarian crises
3. Making children’s right to information meaningful in humanitarian crises
4. Digitalising children’s humanitarian access: a way to enhance children’s inclusion
5. Strengthening the right to education in emergencies: normative change in humanitarian responses to children
6. The right to self-determination and participation for refugee children with disabilities
7. The child right's perspective in response to the humanitarian crisis at the Belarus-Lithuania border
8. Forced migration, gendered violence and the child rights perspective: modalities of violence against marginalised groups in Turkey
Rukaya Al Zayani
9. Child rights respect: global pandemics call for conscious change
Cornelia C. Walther
10. Concluding remarks: where to next: closing gaps
Rigmor Argren and Jessica Jonsson