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(AGENDA) IV World Congress on Child and Adolescent Rights

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IV World Congress on Child and Adolescent Rightshttp://www.childrightscongress.org/cronogram.php[11/4/2010 11:21:42 AM]
Plenary Speakers
 
Poberty| 
Monday, Novembrer 15
|9:45 a.m.
Jeroo Billimoria,
Executive Director
of Aflatoun
Jeroo Billimoria is a serial social entrepreneur who has founded six organizations includingAflatoun.
Aflatoun is a global movement that reaches over 700,000 children aged 6-18. The Aflatoun
programme seeks to empower children to believe in themselves, know their rights andresponsibilities, understand and practice saving and spending, and start their own innovative
enterprises. The Aflatoun movement works with over 75 countries and involves organizationsin the public, private, and charitable sectors. Aflatoun’s approach consists of acomprehensive curriculum which balances social education with financial education.
Jeroo was named an Ashoka Innovator in 1999 and received the Schwab Fellowship for SocialEntrepreneurs in 2001 among many other awards for her work. She was featured in DavidBornstein's book How to Change the World. She is a volunteer for several organizations indifferent capacities and consults with the Government of India on issues related to childprotection. She has written several educational books for children and published academicliterature on management of non-profit organizations. From 1991 to 1999, she was aLecturer at the University Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She is also the founder /honorary secretary of the Childline India Foundation (1996-present) and the founder /president of MelJol (1991-present). Jeroo moved to Amsterdam and founded Child HelplineInternational in 2003. Aflatoun was founded in 2005.
 
Identity| 
Tuesday, November 16
|8:45 a.m.
Jean-Robert Cadet
,
Founder of Jean R. Cadet Foundation
Jean-Robert Cadet is an advocate for children enslaved in the Haitian Restavek system andthe founder of Jean R. Cadet Foundation, based in the United States. He is an author,husband, father and onetime member of the UN Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. He has collaborated on several documentaries and has testified before the UnitedNations and the U.S. Congress regarding his experience as a survivor of slavery.Born in late 50’s to a wealthy, white father and impoverished, black mother, Cadet wasgiven to another Haitian family for their use upon the death of his mother. He was fouryears old. In this way, Cadet became a restavek, or child servant, forced to work longhours in the home of his master. When Cadet was 15 his owners immigrated to the UnitedStates and he joined them, again as their domestic servant. He was turned out of the housewhen his owners realized that domestic servitude was stigmatized in American society andthat he would be required to attend school alongside their own children. Despite this abusewithin his own culture and the racism he faced from American society, Cadet went on tofinish high school, join the United States army, finish university, get married and start afamily and earn a master’s degree in French literature.Published in English in 1998, Cadet's memoir, Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to MiddleClass American, contributed significantly to the slim body of literature written by survivors
 
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of contemporary slavery.
Education| 
Wednesday, November 17
|9:45 a.m.
Camilla Croso Silva,
Vice President of the Global Campaign for Educationand General Coordinator of the Latin American Campaign for the Right toEducation
Camilla Croso currently coordinates the Latin American Campaign for the Right toEducation, a network that articulates 18 national education forums and 8 regional networksfrom Latin America. The Campaign seeks to influence policy making both at a regional andnational level, as well as at the international level. She graduated from the University of São Paulo in 1994 and received her master in Social Policy and Planning in DevelopingCountries from the London School of Economics in 1998.Camilla was previously on the GCE board representing Ação Educativa and in January 2008she was voted in to represent the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education.The Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE, for its acronym in Spanish)is a plural network of civil society organizations acting in the defense and promotion of theright to a free public education for all people, responsibility of the State, which responds tothe dimensions of availability, accessibility, acceptability, adaptability and accountability. Itseeks to promote a transformation towards the implementation of a new developmentmodel that fulfills the "living well" concept, social justice, human dignity and theharmonious relationship with the environment in Latin American and Caribbean countries.
 
Participation| 
Wednesday, November 17
|8:45 a.m.
Ravi Karkara
,
Child Participation Specialist with UNICEF
Ravi Karkara is working as a Child Participation Specialist with UNICEF Head Quarter, in theGender Rights and Civic Engagement Section at New York. His present responsibility is tofacilitate coordination of a Secretariat on Child Participation and Global Advocacy withoverall coordination, development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s global advocacy initiatives involving children and young peoples’ participation.From August 2002 to June 2007, Karkara was the Regional Program Manager in South andCentral Asia for Save the Children Sweden. He had the overall responsibility for supportingprograms in South Asia and in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating theregional program strategy. With a specific focus on Save the Children’s four prioritizedthemes: End violence against children, promote child rights programming as a programapproach, child protection in emergencies and develop strategic partnerships. All Save theChildren’s program work is based on the principles of Child Rights Programming (CRP)including strengthening and promoting children’s participation, accountability and non-discrimination. He has been actively involved in developing Save the Children Sweden andthe Save the Children Alliance methods and framework for operationalising rights basedapproach. He has also supported other agencies like Plan International and War ChildHolland to advance human rights abased approach t programming.Karkara has authored/co-authored over 30 publications in areas of child rights, children’sparticipation, child protection, advocacy, gender, masculinities, gender and inclusion andemergencies.
Health| 
Tuesday, November 16
|9:45 a.m.
Marcus Stahlhofer
, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Marcus Stahlhofer is Human Rights Adviser for the Department of Child and AdolescentHealth (CAH) at the World Health Organization’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He
 
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coordinates the work of WHO in the area of children’s rights, and is responsible for theintegration and application of international human rights norms and standards to variousaspects of the Organization’s work on child and adolescent health. His work ranges fromtraining of WHO staff, Government officials and health professionals to developing andimplementing rights-based guidelines lines and tools to strengthen national legal and policyenvironments to support child and adolescent health policies and programmes. Prior to hispost with WHO, Mr Stahlhofer worked as a volunteer and human rights specialist in refugeecamps in Croatia during the armed conflict, and worked at UNAIDS as associate human rightsadviser. He holds degrees in International Relations and International Human RightsProtection from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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