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Children will be given a voice in the Yucatan Children’s Parliament 2023

by Magali Alvarez
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MÉRIDA – The Yucatán Human Rights Commission (‘CODHEY’) and the state Congress launched the call for the selection of 25 children who will make up the first Children’s Parliament 2023, a space where they will be able to be heard.

The president of the CODHEY, Miguel Oscar Sabido Santana, indicated that this joint effort is framed within the commemoration of Children’s Day, and aims to open a space for participation, dialogue and communication, so that minors have the opportunity to express in their own voice those issues of greatest interest regarding their rights.

The Children’s Parliament 2023 will be held on May 2 and 3. Participants must be residents of Yucatán, be between 10 and 12 years old, be in elementary school and have their parents’ permission.

Much more than a game, the Yucatán 2023 Children’s Parliament is an exercise in plurality that seeks to express the feelings of children about their rights. “This exercise is a good opportunity for children to be heard, to give them a voice and to know their own rights,” said Sabido Santana.

The selected children will participate in two activities; one will take place on May 2 in the morning when they will meet with the legislators of the Yucatan Congress, to form special commissions and address various issues. The following day, they will present their needs before the plenary and consolidate their proposals.

“The most important thing is that they can be heard, that they can participate and that they can live this experience, which for many children is the most gratifying thing: to feel that they are important people in our society,” said Sabido Santana.


Participants must be residents of Yucatán (regardless of whether they are Yucatecan or not), be between 10 and 12 years of age, be in elementary school and have express authorization from their parents or guardians. They will have until April 26 to register.

Among other things, those interested must write an essay on one of the following themes: “Rights of children and adolescents”, “Respect and preservation of Maya culture”, “Education, science and technology”, “Environment” and “Gender equality”.

Likewise, they must make a video of a minimum of two minutes and a maximum of four minutes, about the essay they have prepared, in order to evaluate the candidates’ oratory. The results of the selection process will be announced on April 30, Children’s Day.

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