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Published: 2013

My rights, my voice annual progress report 2012

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My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) is an innovative three-year global programme, engaging marginalised children and youth in their rights to health and education services in eight countries. The belief behind the MRMV initiative is that children and youth have a right not only to access good quality and free health and education services, but also to voice their needs, hold their governments to account to deliver on these provisions effectively, and ultimately to be listened to as members of society and rights-holders: as ‘active citizens’.

This Progress Report provides an overview of the programme’s developments and highlights in the first year. Children and youth, especially girls and young women, living in poverty are among the most marginalised and voiceless within society. Almost half the world’s population are under the age of 25 and almost 85% of those live in developing countries, yet they are rarely central to decision-making processes affecting their lives and do not always have the relevant information about their choices or rights. MRMV is working through partner organisations and directly with marginalised children and youth, their allies and with duty bearers around the world to engage these groups in ways that strengthen and support their voice and rights to health and education, and to ensure that the interests and voices of children and youth will be heard long into the future.
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