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Children’s Bioethics

The International Biopolitical Discourse on Harmful Traditional Practices and the Right of the Child to Cultural Identity

Maya Sabatello

Only scant attention has been given to the issue of children’s bioethics. Even when such a discourse took place, it hardly touched upon children as social agents. In this novel work, Maya Sabatello looks at the “body politics” of religious and cultural medical practices - from “harmful traditional practices” to genetic engineering. Building on literature from medical anthropology, cultural studies, disability studies, social sciences, and law, she explores the international discourse on children’s bioethics from a previously uncharted child-centered approach. In light of the existing multiculturalism, she contends that in the discourse on children's bioethics, not only must the medical, social and, anthropological nexus of the child be taken into account, but that incorporating identity claims into the legal discourse is also essential for the child’s voice to be heard.

Revisiting Children's Rights

10 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Edited by Deirdre Fottrell

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, passed in 1989, was the first universal treaty dedicated solely to the promotion and protection of the interests of children. In its first decade the Convention achieved near-universal ratification and is now the most widely ratified human rights treaty ever. In addition, as a consequence of its influence, children's human rights have been mainstreamed and are now prioritised at all levels within the United Nations and other regional organisations. This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the first decade of the Convention. It also brings together leading scholars and activists who place the Convention in a wider context and revisit contemporary debates and controversies in children's rights to assess the extent to which these issues have been influenced by the Convention in its first decade.

Jonathon Sargeant and Jenna K. Gillett-Swan

education established for more than two centuries are often questioned, but in essence, remain firmly entrenched. As a result, the child’s occupation of the educational habitus is confused, and their voice is muted. When asked, many children identify themselves as global citizens who enjoy participation in

Forgotten Voices in the Forgotten Conflict

The Role of Children in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Solomon Islands

Daniel Evans

from post-conflict dialogue have been the voices of children. Children have the potential to play an important role in post-conflict peacebuilding efforts. The form of their participation and its focus is potentially wide-ranging, extending from direct policy engagement in security sector reform and

Alison E. C. Struthers

more broadly ( unesco , 1978, para. 3(iii)). Education through human rights addresses the practice of human rights in the formal learning environment, and it is two particular aspects of this element, pupil voice and active participation, that form the focus of this article. These concepts are

Jean Koh Peters

also spotlight three crucial values in representing children – voice, story, and dignity. First, I am an Article 12 lawyer in the only country that has not ratified the un Convention on the Rights of the Child. When I first read Article 12, I was thrilled to learn that international law has

Hannelie Doubell and Johanna Geldenhuys

International Journal of Children’s Rights 19 (2011) 321–337 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/157181811X547254 brill.nl/chil T HE I NTERNATIONAL J OURNAL OF C HILDREN ’ S R IGHTS South African children’s voice on school discipline: A case study Johanna Geldenhuys and Hannelie

Claire Fenton-Glynn

, as can be seen in the table below. This paper will examine legislation and practice across Europe with regard to the child’s voice in adoption proceedings, and analyse compliance with the rights of the child as recognised in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In doing so, it

Claire Cassidy, Sarah-Jane Conrad, Marie-France Daniel, Maria Figueroia-Rego, Walter Kohan, Karin Murris, Xiaoling Wu and Tsena Zhelyazkova

understand children’s thinking on the concepts of child and childhood. In so doing, there will be implications related to how children are positioned – or position themselves – in society, and this will, in turn, raise issues around children’s status, rights, voices and participation. This article will focus

Voices of Zimbabwean Orphans

A New Vision for Project Management in Southern Africa

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Manasa Dzirikure and Garth Allen

The voices of orphans and other vulnerable children and young people and of their carers and professional development workers are documented and analysed to both criticise the inadequacies of current social development work and to create a new, alternative theory and practice of project management in Zimbabwe and southern Africa. This is the first extensive and intensive empirical study of Zimbabwean orphans and other vulnerable children and young people. Chronically poor children and their carers can be corrupted or silenced by management systems which fail to recognise their basic human needs. Resilience in the face of such adversity is celebrated by the dominant project management ideology and practice but is a major barrier to achieve genuine sustainable improvements in the lives of vulnerable children. We propose a new person-centred project management approach aimed at delivering comprehensive services for orphans, which explicitly recognises the needs of orphans and other poor children to be fully socially, politically and economically included within their communities and which avoids the reinforcement of power based inequalities and their unacceptable consequences. The moral bankruptcy of much social development work in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Southern Africa is described and we delineate an alternative project management policy and practice.