Children’s rights expert discussion 2023: “Empowering children and young people in times of crisis!”


Thursday, 16 November 2023; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.



Our colleague Hauke Benjes-Pitcz discusses the topic “Strengthening children and young people in times of crisis!”.

On Thursday, 16 November 2023, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. the Children’s Rights Expert Discussion 2023 “Empowering children and young people in times of crisis!” will take place as part of the Styrian Children’s Rights Week. Our colleague Hauke Benjes-Pitcz will discuss the mental and physical health of children and adolescents and how young people can be well supported in (personal and/or global) crises.

During the event, the panelists will focus on changes in young people’s everyday lives and on measures to ensure that children and young people can grow up in a healthy, positive way in these challenging times. They will also address how important structures such as schools should be expanded, so that support systems are effective for those who need help.


Ute Bergmoser, teacher at the Sportmittelschule Graz-Bruckner, trauma pedagogue, initiator of the “Zukunftswerkstatt” project, development of the university course “Förderbereich emotionale und soziale Entwicklung – Standortbezogene Intervention” at the PH Steiermark

Hauke Benjes-Pitcz, researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, project manager of “Being a child in times of crisis – views, experiences and the child’s right to participation”

Petra Winkler, Senior Health Expert on the topics of health, society and equal opportunities at GÖG Gesundheit Österreich GmbH, Project Manager PCR-PAN


Thomas Plautz, Children’s Office – The lobby for people up to the age of 14

The discussion is part of the event series “Children’s rights expert discussion 2023”, which will take place from Thursday, 16 November to Thursday, 23 November 2023 and will deal with various topics relevant to children’s rights.

You can register for the online event free of charge here.

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