ATD Fourth World Luxemburg, Publishes a Collection of Testimonies by Parents Whose Children Have Been Placed in CareA voice is finally being heard: the voice of parents in insecure situations who met over several months and worked together using photos which illustrate their real life situations. Authentic tales have emerged which reveal their pain, doubts, fears, but also hope, relating their experiences of foster care, violence, difficulties in getting help and having access to their files, the pain of separation, the longing to remain parents despite the removal of their children and especially the ambition to one day reunite the family. These parents also looked for ways to exchange views within the People’s University of ATD with childhood experts, to build up a case for the right to live as a family.
On Sept 20th the ATD Fourth World movement in the Netherlands celebrated the 40th anniversary of the ’t Zwervel farm, a national meeting centre in Wijhe.
The preparation was as big an event as the party itself. Everyone who took part contributed ideas and shared in making these become reality.
The following remarks were prepared by Diana Skelton, Deputy Director General of ATD Fourth World, for the Geneva NGO Forum for the Beijing+20 UNECE Regional Review. Held in 1995, the Beijing conference was the most ambitious international conference on gender equality ever held, and the Beijing+20 process is an important part of continuing its work into the future.
These comments are rooted in ATD Fourth World’s work with women living in extreme poverty in 15 of the ECE countries, and more specifically in the UK, France, Poland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the US. In comparing the national reports submitted by those countries with the experiences of the women we know there, we see four areas that should be addressed.