Growing Up in Contexts of Vulnerability: The Challenges in Changing Paradigms and Practices for Children’s and Adolescents’ Rights in Brazil and Mexico

  • Irene RizziniEmail author
  • Danielle Strickland
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 8)


Brazil and Mexico are considered to be the most rapidly developing nations in Latin America. This paper explores these countries’ efforts to progress socially, specifically in the field of children’s and adolescents’ rights, along with their renowned economic growth. The approval of national and international legislation in both nations demonstrates a clear commitment to human rights ideals; however, many obstacles remain for the laws and treaties to be truly enforced and respected. Brazil has implemented various strategies to promote youth participation and strengthen the voice of civil society in public policy. Brazilian programs, specifically the Children’s Rights Councils, should be taken as examples for what Mexico can do to respond to recommendations by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child to increase the involvement of youth and civil society in government efforts to promote young people’s rights. While the legal framework for children’s rights in Mexico has improved a great deal since the turn of the century, there have been few actions that reflect integrated efforts to achieve a culture where children’s and adolescents’ rights are truly respected.


Young People Civil Society Minimum Wage Civil Society Organization Homeless Youth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Work, International Center for Research and Policy on ChildhoodPontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, PUC-RioRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Doctorado en Desarrollo EducativoUniversidad Pedagógica Nacional, Unidad GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMexico

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