Why Representation Matters
Marginalized children by their location in a given community or social group often experience more limited opportunities in life. This can have a significant impact on their development, physically and emotionally. Some of the ways that this can impact children are by affecting their understanding of the world around them, their ability to form relationships, and their ability to communicate with others.
When children are not treated equally and fairly, they may form negative stereotypes of themselves and other people. This can have a significant impact on their development and ability to identify and trust with others. Representation in the community and social group is an important factor that can affect how children experience and perceive their world.
If children are not included in the conversation about what is happening in their community, they may not be able to contribute their thoughts or experiences. This can lead to a decline in overall opinion and understanding of the issue.