The project, International and Canadian Partnership on the Rights of the Child (ICCRP), is coordinated internationally by professor Tara Collins (School of Child and Youth Care, Ryerson University, Canada, and in Brazil by professor Irene Rizzini (Department of Social Service at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and president of CIESPI/PUC-Rio). This project is a continuation and expansion of an international project conducted between 2015 and 2019 which focused on children and youth participation in Canada, Brazil, South Africa and China.

The new project, which will extend for seven years, involves the participation of thirty-three researchers and twenty-four partner organizations including universities, nonprofits, human rights organizations and government organizations in a variety of countries. Participants from various age groups including children and youth will act together in consultative councils with the aim of understanding what kinds of intergenerational partnerships can contribute to transcending the barriers for implementing children and youth rights.

In Brazil, under the leadership of CIESPI-PUC-Rio, the project will focus on an analysis of the citizen participation of youth in defense of children’s rights. It will involve an examination of the intergenerational relationships constructed in places where public policy decisions are made in order to understand mechanisms and strategies for young people’s participation in public policy. The Brazilian work relies on the participation of the Youth Forum of South Fluminense in Action (FJSFA-VR) and the House of the Child and the Adolescent both in the city of Volta Redonda in the state of Rio de Janeiro and with the participation of a number of youth in five cities in the southern part of the state.

Overview Infographic

Project team (CIESPI/PUC-Rio)


Irene Rizzini


Renata Mena Brasil do Couto

Carolina Terra


Adriane Medina Celli

Support for translation:

Mariana Menezes Neumann