Life Under Coronavirus: Children’s Views on their Experiences of their Human Rights
Recorded in 2021
Author: L. Lundy, B. Byrne, K. Lloyd, M. Templeton, N. Brando, M.L. Corr, E. Heard, L. Holland, M. MacDonald, G. Marshall, S. McAlister, C. McNamee, K. Orr, D. Schubotz, E. Symington, C. Walsh, K. Hope, P. Singh, G. Neill, and L. H. V. Wright
Publisher: The International Journal of Children’s Rights
Geographic Coverage: Worldwide
Type of Resource: Academic
Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People
Developed with children and young people? Not specified
Type of participation: Article
Availability: Open Access
Keywords: Children’s Rights, Children’s views, Coronavirus, Covid-19, Human Rights, Pandemic, Participation, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Children have a right to have their views sought and given due weight on all matters affecting them, including at times of emergency and crisis. This article describes the process and findings of the ground-breaking CovidUnder19 survey (“Life Under Coronavirus”) which was co-designed with children for children, capturing the experiences of over 26,000 children in 137 countries as to the realisation of their human rights during the first six months of the covid-19 pandemic.
Key findings are discussed through the lens of the CRC’ s four general principles, read alongside children’s rights, inter alia, to education, play and to be protected from harm. It argues that governments and public bodies should have sought children’s views – not just because they were under an obligation to do so – but because such engagement, now and in crises to come, provides an early warning system that enables decision-makers to mitigate some of the adverse consequences of their responses for children and their rights.