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Children and youth rights

Millions of children and young people worldwide live in poverty. Every child has the right to protection, support and participation. AWO International supports children and young people in exercising their rights.

Children and young people are the largest population group in many countries. The proportion of under 25-year-olds is up to 70 percent. They are the sources of hope in their countries. However, the reality of their lives is often marked by poverty, lack of prospects and exploitation. Their rights are violated in many ways. Together with our partners, we have one goal: to make children's and youth rights a reality worldwide.

In trainings and workshops children and young people learn about their rights and how they can fight for them. (Photo: AWO International)
Southeast AsiaPhilippines

Halting child trafficking and sexual exploitation

Time and again, children and women on the Philippine island of Mindanao become victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation. In addition, cases of sexual abuse on the Internet are becoming more frequent. Together with our partner organization Child Alert Mindanao, we implemented protective measures and education programmes to strengthen the awareness on and protection of the rights of children and women.

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A group therapy by our partner organisation Talikala for girls who have been victims of sexual abuse. (Photo: AWO International)
Southeast AsiaPhilippines

Fight against sexual exploitation of girls and women in Davao

Poverty and unemployment are the main causes that push many girls and women in Davao to become prostitutes and victims of human trafficking. Many girls are only 14 years old. Together with our partner organization – Talikala, we work to protect women and girls from sexual exploitation.

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Awareness raising on 'safe migration' and 'prevention of human trafficking' via radio (pic: HuRF/AWO International)
South AsiaNepal

Youth groups for social change in Ilam

In Ilam, a district bordering the tea plantations in Darjeeling, India, AWO International works together with the Human Rights Forum Nepal, HuRF for short. The project focuses on strengthening youth groups who work for safe migration and against human trafficking in their communities.

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Lobbying for safe migration: IMUMI demonstrates to draw attention to the death of migrant children (Photo: IMUMI)
Central AmericaMexico

Lobby work to strengthen the rights of young migrants and returnees

The focus of our Mexican project partner IMUMI is mainly on lobbying. Together with a network of NGOs, IMUMI campaigns for the allocation of protection measures for unaccompanied minors and advocates access to education for children and young people of transnational families.

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The youth organisations and networks organise youth festivals where, in addition to political work, fun and games also have a role to play. (Photo: ACISAM)
Central AmericaEl Salvador

Young people make local politics

Young people in El Salvador have no voice in the public discussion. Their needs are hardly considered and they are often stigmatized as members of criminal youth gangs. Our partner organization ACISAM strengthens the rights of young people and youth organizations, promotes dialogue between the generations and implements measures to prevent violence.

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Computer courses, job application training, information courses or leisure activities: The range of youth initiatives is diverse. (Photo: Katrin Neuhaus/AWO International)
Central AmericaEl SalvadorGuatemalaHondurasNicaraguaMexico

From young people for young people

Since 2013, AWO International has been supporting youth initiatives in Central America and Mexico that have emerged from development projects. This enables young people to implement their ideas and projects with their own resources.

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Concentrated on the set: The young filmmakers take over everything from the use of the camera to positions, light, color, sound and production. (Photos: ECC)
Central AmericaEl SalvadorGuatemalaNicaraguaMexico

Participative Communication: The Central American Film School ECC

Communication is a human right: The film school ECC trains young people in Central America in the field of participative communication. In order to reflect on their own life reality through the medium of film, they learn everything from the use of a film camera to the implementation of their own production.

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Central AmericaEl SalvadorGuatemalaHondurasNicaragua

Inclusive disaster risk management in Central America

In Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, people are at constant risk of becoming victims of natural disasters. People with disabilities are particularly at risk. In partnership with ASB and CBM, we are strengthening the resilience of people with disabilities through effective and inclusive disaster risk management.

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