Young people are a powerful force for change. Yet often, they are sidelined and overlooked. As part of our ‘Make Rights Real’ campaign, the Amnesty UK Children’s Human Rights Network is launching a competition called ‘Use Your Voice to Demand Your Rights’ to encourage young people to take centre stage and have their voices heard and acted upon in issues affecting them.

Whether it’s on government inaction on climate change, period poverty, rise in knife crime or cuts to mental health funding, there are tragically many examples of violations of children’s human rights in the UK.

 

THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION

The aim of the ‘Use Your Voice to Demand Your Rights’ Competition is for young people to speak and for adults to listen.

Participants will learn and develop practical skills in advocacy and in debating. Using the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, young people will be at the forefront of demanding their own human rights are respected and protected.

 

STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION

Young people from Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales aged between 11-18 years are encouraged to enter. One person from each age group (age 11-13, 14-16 and 17-18) from each UK region will be invited to the regional heat.

Regional Finalists will have the opportunity to present their arguments in front of UK MPs, Regional Children’s Commissioners and Children’s Human Rights Professionals.

National Finalists will be invited to present their ideas at the Amnesty UK Children’s and Youth Conference on the 20th November 2019, and will be offered advocacy training by top Children’s Human Rights Professionals working in the field. The winner of the Amnesty UK Children’s Human Rights Network ‘Use Your Voice to Demand Your Rights’ Competition will be awarded a prize at the Amnesty UK Children and Youth Conference by a special guest.

 

HOW TO ENTER

The submission must address the following:

  1. Why is your topic a children’s human rights issue?
  2. Which Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are most relevant to your children’s human rights issue? And why?
  3. How would Optional Protocol 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ensure that the rights of all children are made real and enforceable? How would Optional Protocol 3 address your chosen children’s rights topic?

You can either enter a 500 word piece of writing or a 2 minute video piece.

 

MARKING CRITERIA

Pieces will be marked on:

  • Skills in weighing both sides of an issue
  • Organisation and clear structure
  • Clear and convincing argument throughout

 

DEADLINE TO ENTER

Deadline for submissions is 30th June at 11.59pm.

Regional Finalists will be selected by the 7th of July and invited to present their submission at a Roundtable of MPs, Children’s Commissioners and Children’s Human Rights Professionals. Date to be confirmed.

All young people are encouraged to attend the Amnesty UK Children’s and Youth Conference 2019 at the Amnesty UK Human Rights Action Centre in London on the 20th November.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

Our full terms and conditions contain our safeguarding process, but we have also pulled these out into a separate document.