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CRY UK and Child Rights
India endorsed the UN convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC) in 1992, which makes it obligatory for the Government to ensure certain rights to all children in India under the age of 18 years.
By the provisions of the UNCRC, children in India are guaranteed the fundamental right to Life, Education, and Protection against Economic and Sexual Exploitation, among others. In reality, their survival is threatened on a daily basis by malnutrition, illiteracy, child labour, preventable diseases and exploitation. For 400 million Indian Children, these are realities that most of us would find difficult to even imagine.
CRY UK believes that the persistence of these problems, their scale and severity call for more than philanthropic responses. We don't believe in treating children as mere objects of sympathy. Rather, we prefer to focus on the root causes of the problems, and address those who have the power to change them, permanently.
We have learned that this kind of lasting change is only possible when children themselves, their parents and their communities are informed about their rights. Empowered with this knowledge, they can then engage with their local government bodies to find a viable solution to the problems they face.
CRY UK believes that advocating for the Rights of Children is the most effective way to ensure sustainable change. It helps increase awareness of the issues that plague children in India, and is instrumental in enlisting greater support for their cause. We believe that in order to make a difference, the Rights approach is the right approach.
With over 30 years of experience working with children, our partner, CRY in India has learnt that resources have little to do with the process of bringing about lasting change. What is essential is that communities become aware of their rights, and work collectively to ensure them. People like you, who come together from all walks of life, and who believe in the rights of children.