Minister Beatriz Artolazabal: "We listen carefully to the opinions and proposals of our childhood and adolescence"

2021 November 20
  • Today Saturday, November 20, Universal Day of Children and Adolescents promoted by the United Nations
  • The Basque Country develops a network of localities "Friends of childhood and adolescence"
  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 32 years old
  • "Children are the most vulnerable group, which suffers the most from the crises and problems of the world"
  • The Urretxu City Council, Gipuzkoa, promotes the participation and contributions of 15-year-old schoolchildren in municipal activity


Vitoria-Gasteiz 2021 11 20


 Beatriz Artolazabal, Minister of Equality, Justice and Social Policies of the Basque Government, considers that the “commemoration tomorrow, Saturday, November 20, of the Universal Day of Children and Adolescents, reinforces the objectives set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Girl. And it promotes participation and active listening in particular to what childhood and adolescence say and suggest, perhaps one of the least developed rights"


“The objective of this commemoration is to remind citizens that girls, boys and adolescents are the most vulnerable group and that it suffers the most from the crises and problems of the world. All that childhood has its rights” adds Minister Beatriz Artolazabal.


According to the Minister of Equality, Justice and Social Policies, “something very important is their right to participation: they have the right to be consulted on the situations that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account. Important progress has been made in this area and although there are still steps to be taken, in the Basque Country we are doing so with the development of “Child and Adolescent Friendly” localities that already have eight strong adhesions”.


The network of services for childhood and adolescence considers that “girls, boys and adolescents have the right to free time, to play and to participate in cultural and artistic activities, to non-discrimination, to a dignified and happy life and to have adequate development”.

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