Children's Rights Award

Children’s Rights Award – Special Anniversary Edition 2019: “Hear my Story, know my rights”

All for children, with children’s participation


2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 40th Anniversary of DCI. On this occasion, we want to celebrate with children!

The Children’s Rights Award 2019, under “HEAR MY STORY, KNOW MY RIGHTS”, is designed to celebrate the Movement´s magnificent 40 years, and to provide a platform for children to express their ideas, opinions, views, hopes and visions regarding children’s rights. This edition calls upon the participation of all children between ages of 12-17 years in all the countries through 5 continents in which DCI is present.

This competition will be held at two levels: national, targeting DCI’s National Sections, and international, involving the International Secretariat in Geneva. Through the Award process DCI aims to highlight how children’s rights are perceived by those who are most directly concerned – children themselves. More than that, DCI wishes to use the process at the National level to interact with children in their communities and encourage for a better understanding of their rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, more specifically regarding the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on which DCI focuses its work.

Children's Rights Award
Source: DCI Sierra Leone/ Children's Rights Award, DCI Special Edition 2019

Child Rights from a Child’s Perspective

DCI’s priority on child participation is underpinned by the Convention of the Rights of the Child:

  • Article 2 calls for non-discrimination of any kind and allows for the application of measures to ensure that children are protected from these discriminations which may occur.
  • Article 12, respect for the views of the child.
  • Article 13, right of every child to express his or her views, also in judicial and administrative proceedings.

Additionally, the third Optional Protocol to the Convention allows children to submit individual complaints regarding specific violations of their rights under the UN CRC and the Protocols.

The Sustainable Development Goals (target 16.7) also call for responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.



This competition will be open to children between the ages of 12 – 17 years old which will be split into 2 categories who reside in one of the countries where DCI is present:

  • Category A: a piece of artwork including video-clips, songs, and any other form of electronic creation.
  • Category B: a creation of a comics, pictures, posters or drawings of any form.

The two categories aim to express what child rights are to children. Participants are also encouraged to link their submissions to one of DCI’s thematic priorities and cross-cutting issues: Justice for Children, Violence Against Children, Children on the Move, Children affected by Conflict, Children Deprived of Liberty, Gender and Children’s Participation.


Competition format and Prize

This competition will run in 2 rounds: National Round and International Round.

National Sections will be responsible of the whole process at the National level, including promotion and advertising activities, and the selection of a jury composed of child rights experts to evaluate all the submissions received. According to the Categories, the respective national Jury will select one winner per Category. The national winners will be then presented to the International Round and continue in the selection process.

At the International Level, the International Secretariat will establish an International Jury to evaluate the different proposals received from the National Sections. The International Jury will select a first, second and third award-winner from each category by Monday, 16 September 2019.

The first two winners of the International Round (for the Category A, and for the Category B) will receive as a prize the unique opportunity to come to Geneva to enjoy the week of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and to be part of all the other children’s activities that the international community is preparing for this special occasion at the United Nations. Children will experience first-hand the value of their rights within the UN system.


We cannot wait to see all children´s creations!

Find here the Concept Note in PDF.