Christina Clark

I found the Pambazuka News Special edition on Women and Trade very useful. I'm teaching a course at the University of Ottawa on gender, development and globalisation, which includes a session on trade and gender. I look forward to the appearance of the French version of this issue on the PZ site, so that I can direct my students to it.

Book Review: Ansell, Nicola. 2005. Children, Youth and Development. London and New York: Routledge.

Nicola Ansell’s ‘Children, Youth and Development’ provides a much-needed critical introduction into young people’s experiences in contexts of poverty, ‘development’ and globalisation. Although 90% of young people under the age of 18 and 85% of 15- to 24-year-olds (p. 1) live in the Third World, Ansell rightly points out that insufficient attention has been paid to the ways in which they ...read more

In their recent book, ‘Empowering Children: Children's Rights Education as a Pathway to Citizenship’, R. Brian Howe and Katherine Covell argue that children’s rights education in schools should be promoted as a way of recognising children as citizens. The book traces the rise of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a groundbreaking document for children because it legally commits states to protecting and promoting children’s rights. Howe and Covell argue that educating children on ...read more

So, June 16th is the Day of the African Child ... What does it mean? For most African young people, the Day of the African Child does not mean a whole lot. Many will continue their daily lives -- working in fields and factories, caring for younger siblings or older relatives, begging on the streets of sprawling urban centres, fighting in armed groups and militias, tending sheep and cattle, selling their wares and services in markets and on the streets - without even knowing that June 16th is ...read more

CHRISTINA CLARK argues that in order to fulfil the protection promises made under international legal instruments, UNHCR and the Government of Uganda should allow refugees freedom of movement and the choice to live where they feel most secure – whether in rural settlements, or urban centres.

UN agencies, NGOs and international legal documents often refer to unaccompanied young people displaced by conflict as “the most vulnerable category of an already vulnerable population". As such, t...read more

“Ntoroko is like some forgotten world. Our health unit is very poor, our roads are very poor and so are community members are very poor.”
- 22-year-old Ugandan male, Ntoroko West, 28 October 2004

Ntoroko County in Bundibugyo District lies in the far west of Uganda, bordering Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Not only is Ntoroko geographically remote, wedged between Semuliki national park and Lake Albert, but, as the young person above eloquently pointed out, it is also politica...read more

Since the 1990s, increasing attention has been drawn to child soldiering in Africa. While greater awareness is important in responding to the use of children as soldiers, popular images have too often sensationalized the issue, with counter-productive consequences. Ubiquitous media images of boys with guns as the epitome of child soldiering and girl sex slaves as 'victims' of conflict obscure the fact that many other children and young people, both male and female, play a variety of differe...read more

In We Did Nothing, veteran journalist Linda Polman draws on her experience in war zones of Haiti, Rwanda, Bosnia and Somalia to expose the shortcomings of international intervention in these contexts. Her thesis is that United Nations (UN) member states, particularly those on the Security Council (SC), privilege national interests over UN goals. This seriously weakens the UN, which is given ambitious mandates at the same time as it is chronically under-funded and under-resourced. While con...read more

Amnesty International’s (AI) Combating torture: a manual for action is a comprehensive reference guide for advocates working to prevent and end torture. It begins with an overview of the principal achievements and emerging framework for action against torture since World War II. In-depth case studies of efforts against torture and ill treatment in the Israeli Occupied Territories, Peru, United States, Austria and South Africa provide concrete examples of the challenges and opportunities human...read more

In the context of growing interest in youth participation, child protection organisations are increasingly calling for more input from children and youth themselves. However, this focus on the “voices of youth” is often translated solely into circumscribed forums, such as contests, three-minute interventions at the UN Security Council or a spotlight of fame on a radio broadcast. Too rarely do we get an in-depth glimpse into the thought processes, experiences and opinions of young people cau...read more

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