Fields of Intervention:
DCI-Colombia was created in Colombia in order to promote and defend children’s rights. Therefore, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:
- Juvenile Justice
- Children in armed conflict
- The rights of indigenous girls and women
Current Activities and Projects/Programmes:
In recent years, DCI-Colombia has carried out inter alia the following projects:
- Programme for Indigenous Girls
The programme’s goal is to promote the rights of indigenous girls and women in the municipality of Mitú. In total, 20 awareness-raising events with girls and women were released in 2013,where participants were able to visit local institutions and documents, such as “Las Hijas del Sol en Tierra de Jaguares” (the daughters of the sun in the land of the jaguars) were produced to raise awareness for the rights of indigenous people. DCI-Colombia also participated in an international event on children in armed conflict that took place in Kampala, Uganda to present the publication “Las Hijas del Sol en Tierra de Jaguares”.
- Regional Programme for Juvenile Justice
DCI-Colombia continued the realisation of this regional project, pursuing major advocacy efforts focusing on the Mayor of Bogotá. Eight meetings with the office for human rights were organised, discussing the best interests of children deprived of liberty and non-custodial measures.
- Programme Against the Participation of Children in Armed Conflict
DCI-Colombia, together with eight other NGOs, formed a coalition called “Coalición contra la vinculación de Niñas y Niños al Conflicto Armado” (Coalition against the participation of children in armed conflict). Eight meetings took place to monitor the situation of children in armed conflict, with diplomats from the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Norway participating. DCI-Colombia participated in sessions of the High Commissioner and awareness-raising events during the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
- Monitoring of Detention Centres
- Raising Awareness on Juveniles’ Detention Situation
- Participation in the International and National Agendas for Peace: Raising Awareness & Promoting Child Protection & Participation
- Knowledge Dialogue & Organization of Awareness-Raising Workshops & 1st National Forum on Indigenous Youth
- 6 detention centres visited & 90 incarcerated adolescents interviewed
- 10 public institutions reached & 2 Forums organized
- 2 Colloquiums with 300+ children & 14 Government Representatives participating, 1 Toolkit on Child Protection & 1 video sent to La Havana Peace Talks
- 30 knowledge dialogues, 10 public meetings with Government Representatives & 1st National Forum on Indigenous Youth with over 500 participants