Since March 2016, Kirki Patsianta has been leading an initiative aimed at promoting and protecting the rights of babies and infants (children aged 0-8 years old) in Greece. She has co-created with the «Network for Children’s Rights», a non-profit organization based in Athens, Greece, a «mini guide» explaining to parents, who have just welcomed a new member to their family, the rights their child has according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Due to their young age, babies and infants are not able to exercise their rights by themselves; their parents have a key role to play as they are the ones who will help their children exercise their rights. Τherefore, parents should be fully informed on the rights their children enjoy.
The «mini guide» is based on the General Comment n° 7 (2005) Implementing child rights in early childhood of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and is currently available in Greek only (Please download it here: Mini Guide).
The whole idea behind this initiative is to point out that children should enjoy their rights right from birth. Early childhood (children aged 0-8 years old) is an extremely important part of a child’s life as it majorly influences his or her future development. Unfortunately, Greece lacks efficient policies and legislation which could ensure the effective protection of children’s rights in early childhood and enable them to enjoy these rights according to their capabilities; consequently, babies and infants are practically «invisible» in Greece.
This «mini guide» is a small step towards drawing attention to the important issue of young children’s rights in Greece.
From August 2016 to July 2017, Kirki Patsianta participated as key external non-academic partner in the project «Protecting Migrant Children’s Rights», which was coordinated by the University of Exeter-Law School (United Kingdom).
«Protecting Migrant Children’s Rights» was an ESRC IAA-funded project aiming to promote knowledge and expertise among charity staff working with reception and care of migrant children about the legal aspects of the protection of their human rights in Greece and in the UK.
In order to respond to the ongoing migration crisis and to bridge the gap between legal requirements and practice, we:
• Developed and successfully tested training materials on the legal recognition of the vulnerability and legal rights of migrant children and its implications in practice.
• Designed and made openly available a toolkit, both in English and Greek, encompassing interactive and informative materials on the topic of the protection of migrant children’s rights.