Defence for Children International (DCI)

Defence for Children International (DCI)

Defence for Children International (DCI) is a leading international, non-government organisation, focussing on child rights.

Founded in 1979, DCI has been promoting and protecting children’s rights at the global, national and regional level for over 40 years.  

DCI’s mandate is to ensure the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child everywhere.

DCI’s vision is that children, as human beings, are able to pursue a life in which they can enjoy their human rights with dignity, in a just and responsible society.

During the last DCI General Assembly, a Strategic Framework was approved to guide DCI’s work for the years to come. Four key topics emerged:

  • Justice for Children
  • Eliminating Violence against Children
  • Children on the move
  • Children affected by armed conflict

DCI also identified three cross-cutting issues which are highly important:

  • Children deprived of liberty
  • Child Participation
  • Gender Equality


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