Fields of Intervention:
DCI-Yemen was created in Yemen in order to promote and defend children’s rights. Therefore, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:
- Juvenile Justice
- Violence against children
- Child labour
- Child marriage
- Education, information and training on children’s rights
Current Activities and Projects/Programmes:
In recent years, DCI-Yemen has carried out inter alia the following projects:
- Children’s Parliament
DCI-Yemen, in partnership and cooperation with the government, representatives of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the Ministry of Human Rights, the House of Representatives, and the Ministry of Education, have organised elections for the Yemeni Children’s Parliament. These were the sixth elections organised since the existence of the Children’s Parliament since the year 2000. Children from diverse backgrounds from all over the country are elected for a term of two years.
They were able to question government officials on topics such as the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and they met with children’s rights organisations such as UNICEF.
- Capacity Building for Judges, Prosecutors, and Lawyers
DCI-Yemen trained 30 professionals working with children in conflict with the law on how to deal with juvenile offenders and juvenile justice in general. This activity was funded by the European Union and executed in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.
- Awareness-Raising Campaigns
DCI-Yemen conducted a campaign in 24 schools for 5,000 students on their rights of when they come in conflict with the law.
Another campaign focused on raising awareness and increasing the protection of children from sexual exploitation and abuse. 90 children participated in this second year of the project and attended the three-day workshop.
Child parliament – future leaders project (more details on national section’s website)
- Study on the Experience of the Children’s Parliament from 2000-2012, 19 September 2012
The study evaluates the developments of the institution, as well as its strengths and weaknesses.