February 2, 2021

Joining Forces policy brief — Children’s Right To Be Heard: We’re Talking; Are You Listening?

Nearly a year since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, children worldwide continue to grapple with unprecedented hardships. As reported in this fifth policy brief from Joining Forces, the virus however did not destroy children’s resolve to find and use their voices as forces for change.

The Children’s Right To Be Heard: We’re Talking; Are You Listening? policy brief explores factors that inhibit children’s meaningful participation and outlines key takeaways from children on how their participation can lead to outcomes that are more meaningful and impactful.

You can also listen to messages from youth involved in this Joining Forces initiative by clicking here.

The policy brief is a product of Joining Forces, an alliance of the six largest international NGOs working with and for children to secure their rights and end violence against them — ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children International, SOS Children’s Villages International, Terre des Hommes International Federation and World Vision International.

This article was originally published on the Joining Forces website: Children’s Right to be Heard: We’re Talking; Are You Listening? - Joining Forces (

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