september, 2019

19sep12:30 pm1:30 pmYoung people´s political participation in Brazil and threats to democracy


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Professor Irene Rizzini, who was a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor with CRFR in 2017, is returning to Scotland for a visit.  She is giving an informal seminar as part of the Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group at Moray House School of Education and Sport.

Further information and a venue will be circulated in due course.

Below is further information about the seminar.

Irene Rizzini

Professora da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

Diretora-presidente do Centro Internacional de Estudos e Pesquisas sobre a Infância (CIESPI), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

President of the International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood (CIESPI), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The right of young people to participate in political decision making has been adopted in international and national laws since the 1990s. In Brazil, young people’s participation in decisions concerning their lives has been affirmed by the National Children´s Rights Council (CONANDA) since 2013. Implementation, however, has been poor.  Brazil is a country of huge social and economic disparities rooted in the country’s past and is still heavily influenced by power relationships forged in its oligarchic and colonial history. The challenges to implement children and young people’s political participation are connected to the history of assistance to low-income and destitute children during the 19th and 20th centuries. These challenges have intensified in the current context of the rise of the far-right in Brazil, posing new threats to democratic participation. Professor Rizzini will discuss trends in young people’s engagement as advocates, by analysing the unique experiences of the first Children´s Rights Council to officially elect young people as councilors. This discussion raises relevant insights for the international framework of children’s rights. This presentation highlights contributions coming from the peripheries of the world, arguing for the decolonisation of the international system for the protection of rights.


(Thursday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh

Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh