Citizenship and Participation
Children and young people’s right to participate in decisions that affect their lives is a fundamental human right. Their right to participate is protected by numerous human rights instruments including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and more recently the Sustainable Development Goals.
10-24 year olds now represent the largest generation in history - making up a quarter of the world’s population. 90 per cent of these young men and women live in low and middle-income countries. Ensuring their voices are heard is at the heart of our work and we believe that young people should have the right to participate in decision-making and to be empowered to hold decision makers to account.
In order to achieve this, we work at the global, national and community level to ensure children and young people are engaged in decision making and supported to gain vital citizenship, leadership and wider life skills. Read more about our work in the reports below.
Explore how young people in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Myanmar contribute to peace and security processes in fragile and conflict-afflicted settings
Explore how young women and men contribute to peace and security in fragile and conflict-afflicted settings in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Myanmar
A report by the World Humanitarian Summit Advisory Group on Children to ensure that children’s perspectives are considered and their priorities and recommendations are reflected in the Summit outcomes.
Findings from the DFID and Plan International UK youth consultation ahead of the Girls' Education Forum 2016
Young people came together as #YouthforChange for the Girl Summit 2014 to ignite action around girls' rights and ending FGM and child marriage.