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Funder Strategy Meeting: Childhood Statelessness and Human Rights

Funder Strategy Meeting:
Childhood Statelessness and Human Rights

Co-sponsored by Elevate Children Funders Group

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
5:00-6:30 pm EDT
New York, NY

Described by the Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as “the invisible of the invisible” there are more than 6 million stateless children in the world today, with a child being born stateless every 10 minutes. Childhood statelessness is a phenomenon in most countries and all regions in the world. 

A child may be left stateless in many different circumstances, including: due to inter-generational exclusion, as a result of gender or ethnic discrimination in nationality laws, because the child’s mother was incarcerated at the time of birth, due to the failure to regulate the complex legal terrain of international commercial surrogacy, in the context of trafficking, conflict and displacement, due to the failure to register births, as an unintended by-product of the lack of harmonisation of nationality rules and practices globally. 

Human rights mechanisms, development frameworks and protection mechanisms for refugees and the stateless all offer tools and strategies that can be utilised to address this issue. Indeed, the fight to realise every child’s right to a nationality is increasingly being taken up across the globe – and in a wide array of contexts. 

Join this strategy meeting to discuss the role of funders in addressing childhood statelessness.

Speakers include:
  • Dr. Laura van Waas, Co-Director, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
  • Amal de Chickera, Co-Director, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
  • Laura Bingham, Managing Legal Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative
  • Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor in the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Register here.

Questions? Contact Keith Armstrong, IHRFG Program Coordinator, karmstrong [at] ihrfg [dot] org.