Specific groups of children across Europe and Central Asia are particularly disadvantaged, and face discrimination, segregation, stigma and prejudice that prevent their equal enjoyment of rights. This Rapid Review provides an overview of the main child rights violations and equity gaps affecting children with disabilities, children affected by migration, and children from ethnic and linguistic minorities.
It confirms that social norms, cultural differences and deep-rooted traditions fuel multiple discriminations against the three groups, with gender inequality, location and poverty often exacerbating their vulnerability. A lack of data on these children impedes a better understanding (and response to) their situation. The Rapid Review argues for major changes in approaches to vulnerable children, more intensive investment in their well-being and effective implementation of legislation to protect their rights.