Who we are
Defence for Children International is a worldwide movement for children’s rights with National Sections and Associated Members active across four continents. Each of DCI’s National Sections works on those child rights issues that are the most relevant to their respective national contexts.
Our International Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. It plays a crucial role in lobbying and advocating for children’s rights within United Nations human rights mechanisms.
A World Service Foundation based in Brussels was created in 2016 to advocate toward the European Institutions.
Where we work
The International Executive Council is DCI’s governing authority. It is composed of eight members from the National Sections elected every four years during the General Assembly. They meet up to four times per year to steer the implementation of the Strategic Framework of the Movement.
An International General Assembly open to all National Sections is organised every four years to discuss and adopt the Movement’s Strategic Framework.
The International Secretariat (IS). acts as operational coordinator and focal point for the National Sections. The IS engages with the relevant human rights mechanisms based in Geneva, including the UNCRC, the Human Rights Council, and other human rights bodies.
An Advisory Committee of renowned child rights and governance experts provides . technical support to the DCI Movement.