Article from Development Education Journal Vol. 7.2.
In Northern Ireland, young people have suffered disproportionately from the combined effects of urban deprivation and thirty years of conflict. Ensuring that they have a voice in rebuilding is far from straightforward. This article describes an initiative designed to give young people from East Belfast a say in the drafting of the Bill of Rights. Here Matt Milliken argues that chatrooms proved to be an effective medium for opening dialogue between young people with disparate, frequently opposing views, and for creating an opportunity for young people to engage directly with decision-makers.