A young Donegal woman has hosted a hugely successful national conference on children’s rights that was attended by over 100 people from all over the country.
Pieces of Us – What’s Next? hosted by Karolina Byrne, a sixteen year old from Glenties was run by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) and attended by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Pieces of Us is a report which highlights the voices of over 5,000 children who took part in surveys and focus groups.
The event that followed then gave children the chance to share their views on what the government should now prioritise for children.
Karolina played an extremely important role on the day hosting the event and panelling a discussion between the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon and Prof Phillip D. Jaffé, a UN Committee member.
Speaking following the event, the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon commented:
“We were delighted to have Karolina and the other members of our Youth Advisory Panel involved in this important children’s rights conference.
“They asked strong and challenging questions, particularly in relation to children’s mental health and how Ireland is ensuring that all children have equal opportunities.”