Children’s Rights and You CRY

Stand up for what is right

Linked with Lara Shankar – India, and with India: Homeless Street Children.

Girls must learn to cook; She can’t go to high school in the next town – it’s too far; My daughter won’t go to the village school anymore, there are no separate toilets for girls. Where is the point in her studying mathematics? Discrimination against the girl child doesn’t always take the form of abuse, foeticide or violence … (more).

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  • - Imagine pulling out your child from school just because you are unable to find a job that pays enough to support your family.
  • - Imagine your daughter could not attend school just because it has no toilets.
  • - Imagine entire generations of your family being born into bonded labour, with no hope of breaking free.
  • - Imagine a country. Call it India, if you will, where 10,000 Indians died from entirely preventable causes.

Outrageous? Yet 10,000 children die every single day in India. More than in any tsunami, flood, earthquake, famine or war. Half of India’s children are deprived of their fundamental right to education every day. Two million Indian babies die each year before they celebrate their first birthday. Millions of India’s children go to bed each night hungry, hopeless and angry. We as a nation, seem quite content to tolerate this violation of their constitutional rights.

It is because of this reality that CRY – Child Rights and You exists today – to amplify the voice of children. We believe that children are citizens in their own right, entitled to the full spectrum of human rights.

At CRY, we do not believe in charity. Nor do we run schools, orphanages or dispensaries. Instead we partner grassroots-level NGOs working with children, their parents and communities. 29 years of working with and for children have taught us that resources have little to do with it. In over 2500 villages and slums across 18 States, we have witnessed transformational change happening. All it takes is communities becoming aware of their rights and coming together to ensure them. Not just by enrolling children in schools but by addressing the root causes that keep them hungry, illiterate, exploited and abused. Causes like gender, caste, livelihoods and displacement.

None of these micro-miracles would have been possible without people like you coming together from all walks of life who believe in the rights of children. Over 1,500,000 children across India have opportunities they could not dream of because you chose to make them happen. The grim reality, however, is that despite all these many small triumphs within CRY’s reach the outlook for most of India’s underprivileged children will not change on a significant scale.

That will require much more: … (full text).

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