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DEFENCE FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL (DCI) is a leading child rights-focused and membership-based grassroots movement founded in 1979.
Our mandate is to ensure effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the local, national and international level.
Our vision is that children, as human beings, are able to pursue a life in which they can enjoy their human rights with dignity, in a just and responsible society. In all that we do, we aspire to work in a transparent, accountable, sustainable and socially transformative way.

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.

World Service Foundation based in Brussels was created in 2016 to advocate toward the European Institutions.

Where we work

Defence for Children International has National Sections and Associated Members active across four continents. Each National Section works on those child rights issues that are the most relevant to the national context

Worldwide

Our structure

President
Khaled Quzmar
DCI-Palestine
Treasurer
Mirjam Blaak
DCI-Netherlands
Vice-President Africa
Rouguiatou Diallo
DCI-Guinea
Vice-President Americas
Virginia Murillo Herrera
DCI-Costa Rica
Vice-President Europe
Margaret Tuite
DCI-Belgium
Vice-President Mena
Manal Eid
DCI-Lebanon
Councillor
Ibrahim Simpore
DCI-Burkina Faso

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.

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