MVF recognises that:

– a child is any person below the age of eighteen years;

– every child has universal, inalienable and indivisible human rights including the right to life, survival, development, protection and participation;

-the rights of children are interrelated and interdependent, and each one of them is equally important and fundamental to the well-being and dignity of the child;

-all children have the right to be heard and have their views considered and valued in all matters affecting them in any way they are able to communicate and special efforts are to be made to hear the voices of girls and children from marginalised groups or communities