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Webinar series

Children’s Rights in Palestine, Touching base on Palestinian Child’s Day

Defence for Children International (DCI) launched a series of webinars on 5th April 2024, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Child, to raise awareness about the rights of Palestinian children.

The subsequent webinars are scheduled for 8th May, 17th May, 31st May and one more on 2nd July with a hybrid meeting near Geneva on 2nd May, coinciding with the Annual Rafto Prize meeting of laureates. DCI-Palestine is the 2023 Rafto Prize Laureate.

The webinars bring together a range of high-level expert Palestinian and international speakers to discuss how best to support Palestinian children, meet their immediate needs, start healing the harms caused, provide pathways to a sense of justice and accountability, and ensure their rights are respected and implemented.

2nd July 2024, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST



Moderator: Bethany Ellis, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict


  • Giovanni Di Girolamo, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Unit, Commission’s Directorate-General for European Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations (ECHO)
  • Rana Nashashibi, Director of the Palestinian Counselling Centre
  • Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
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Action points:

  1. Immediate Ceasefire: Call for an immediate ceasefire to halt the violence and protect civilians.
  2. Humanitarian Access: Ensure safe and unrestricted humanitarian access to and within Gaza to reach affected populations, including opening all access crossings.
  3. Safe Movement: Guarantee the safe movement of humanitarian workers and supplies to support aid delivery.
  4. Protect Civilian Infrastructure: Respect and protect civilian infrastructure, such as shelters, schools, health facilities, and utilities, to prevent loss of life, disease outbreaks, and ensure care for the sick and wounded.
  5. Respect International Law: Urge all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law to safeguard civilian lives and property.
  6. Medical Access: Allow urgent medical cases to safely access critical health services or be evacuated, ensuring that children evacuated for medical reasons are accompanied by family members.
  7. Family-Based Care: Promote family-based care options for children deprived of parental care, avoiding excessive institutionalisation.
  8. Support for HRDs: Provide protection and support for Palestinian human rights defenders and NGOs documenting the situation, recognising their essential role despite crackdowns.
  9. Accountability and Justice: Press for accountability by urging the ICC to issue arrest warrants and for countries with universal jurisdiction to ensure justice is served for violations committed during the conflict.
Read full summary here


Contact Details:

Executive Director: George OPPONG:

Address: P.O. Box FN 812, Kumasi, Ghana






Fields of Intervention:

DCI-Ghana was created to promote and defend children’s rights. Therefore, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:

  • Eliminate child marriage, GBV, commercial sexual exploitation and harmful practices in children’s communities
  • Encourage authorities to create child protection committees in their communities
  • Provide socio-legal support services to child victims of abuse
  • Justice for children
  • Child protection (with specific programmes on girls and young women)
  • Protection from sexual Gender Based Violence and other forms of child abuse
  • Tackling child labour and child trafficking
  • Education on human rights and child rights
  • Preventing violence against Children

Sucess story:

Through mobilisation, training and capacity support for champions of change, traditional leaders putting Actions in place to eliminate or stop child marriage, GBV and commercial sexual exploitation in their communities.  Example, a traditional leader and a Champion of change, Nana Owusu Akyaw who is the chairman of all sub chiefs in Obuasi included the issue of child marriage, GBV and commercial exploitation in one of the sub chiefs meetings and sensitised other chiefs to become agents of change to their communities. During the meeting he encouraged chiefs to form child protection committees in their communities to handle issues of child marriage, GBV and commercial exploitation and this agenda was accepted by the sub-chiefs within the jurisdiction of Nana Owusu Akyaw. Nana Owusu Akyaw was part of the traditional leaders who issued communiqué on 2nd May 2019 at M Plaza  hotel in Accra and called on Government, MMDAs, Colleague Traditional Authorities, Religious Leaders, Media, parents, care Givers and all relevant stakeholders to help create an enabling environment for the general protection of women and children in Ghana.

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