RT017 - Building solidarity with young social justice activists
Convened by Kristen Cheney (International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands)

Led by young activists, with activist scholars and practitioners, we will examine the innovative social justice strategies of young activists and human rights defenders advocating for social change. While there is ample attention on what does not work, this interactive roundtable will make constructive contributions by analysing how young people’s social innovations are creating positive change across the world. Together, we will also consider how development scholars and practitioners can most effectively promote solidarity with today’s youthful peace and justice movements.


  • Ms. Dola Akter (16), Child Forum member and activist campaigning to stop violence against children and gender discrimination, Bangladesh (co-moderator)
  • Dr. Kristen Cheney, Associate Professor of Children & Youth Studies, ISS, Netherlands (organizer and co-moderator)
  • Dr. Patricio Cuevas-Parra, Director, Child Participation and Rights, World Vision International, Cyprus
  • Lucy Jamieson, Senior Researcher, The Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr. Laura Wright, Director, Participatory Methodologies, International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Canada; Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • Prathit Singh, 18, youth activist with COVIDUnder19 project, Student at University of Delhi, India