Defence for Children International

About Defence for Children International

Defence for Children International (DCI) is a leading child-rights focused, and membership-based grassroots Movement placing all members on equal footing. Created during the International Year of the Child (1979), DCI coordinated the NGO input for the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – the most widely- ratified human rights treaty in history. DCI has a consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO, and the Council of Europe. DCI’s mandate is to ensure the effective implementation of the human rights codified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), by means developing children rights advocacy campaigns in the United Nations , effective co-ordination between different levels (national, regional and international) and its active membership within key networks. DCI believes in a holistic approach to the rights of the child, including empowerment of children as actors for justice and advocates of their own human rights.

Work area

Advocacy, Education, Campaigns, Activism, Lobbying


Advocates for Rights, Actors for Justice

Country Offices

Belgium, Switzerland


Founded: 1979
Location (HQ): Switzerland
Scope: Global
Focus area: Child Labor, Children, Discrimination, Education

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Ada Hasanagic

Ada Hasanagić is a human rights professional currently working as a researcher at the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, Ada graduated with honors from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the University of Buckingham in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. Also, she earned a master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna.