Establishing a National Section: What You Need to Know

Defence for Children International (DCI) is a movement for the promotion and protection of children’s rights. DCI is represented in over 45 countries worldwide. National sections and associated members design and implement their programmes according to the specific needs and priorities of the children in their respective countries, thus engaging in various spheres of work including: justice for children, child labour, children on the move, violence against children, children in conflicts and child trafficking, amongst others.

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If you are concerned about children’s rights in your country, join us!

 

1. What does it mean to be a DCI national section or associated member?

  • A commitment to children’s human rights and to upholding the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • A responsibility to raise awareness about and act upon the child rights issues facing your country (both nationally and internationally);
  • A chance to be part of worldwide movement working to promote and protect the rights of the child;
  • An opportunity to make the challenges faced by children and young people in your country visible internationally.

2. What are the benefits?

3. Who can apply?

A group (representing at least 10 people) with expertise in human rights and a commitment to working towards the advancement of child rights in their country may apply to form a DCI national section. An existing child rights organisation may also apply to join the DCI movement by becoming recognised as an associated member.

In countries where DCI is not currently represented, groups may apply to be a national section or associated member. In countries where DCI is currently represented, groups may apply for associate membership status. DCI always consults with the current national section member as part of this process.

4. How to apply?

  • Send a letter to the DCI International Secretariat representing a group of at least 10 people. The request should indicate interest in becoming a national section or associated member (specifying which);
  • Complete the Membership application form and gather the required accompanying documentation (as listed on the membership application form). Send the completed application (by email or postal mail) to the DCI International Secretariat.

4. How Do I Apply?

  • Send a letter to the DCI International Secretariat representing a group of at least 10 people. The request should indicate interest in becoming a national section or associated member (specifying which);
  • Complete the Membership application form ( EN / FR / SP) and gather the required accompanying documentation (as listed on the membership application form). Send the completed application (by email or postal mail) to the DCI International Secretariat

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