Rights of Passage: Harmful Cultural Practices and Children's Rights: Working Paper 25 (Paperback)Marilyn Thomson (author)
Paperback 108 Pages / Published: 01/05/2003
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Across the world, different ceremonies and rituals are practised to mark the passage from childhood into adulthood. These range from tattooing and scarring to enforced early marriage and female genital mutilation. While some are more harmful than others, they can all be seen as a violation of children's rights. The most violent practices are carried out against girls. "Rights of Passage" examines the root causes and consequences of these practices. Through case studies based on research with Save the Children projects in eight countries, it enables young people to give their own views on these practices, as well as personal stories about how their lives have been affected by them. Recommendations in the final section suggest ways in which development and advocacy work can begin to address harmful cultural practices. Examples of good practice are included. These suggest we must address harmful practices within their social context, not in isolation, and that the solutions should be defined within the community in order to be culturally appropriate.
Publisher: Save the Children
Number of pages: 108
Weight: 368 g
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