The Global Movement for Children was launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on April 26, 2002 with a rallying call to the world’s inhabitants to “Say Yes” for children. The aim was to mobilize support for young people in the run-up to the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Children. People were asked to pledge support for ten principles that protect the rights and well being of children and to vote on the three they considered most urgent.
During 2002, more than 57 million people have signed on to the Global Movement. At least 4.5 million are from India. The three priorities they have identified are “Education for Every Child,” “Care for Every Child” and “Leave no Child Out.” This special web report is an attempt to turn these vague ideas into every day lives and see what they mean for ordinary people in one city of India. It is loosely organized around the three priorities that have been identified by Indians, but makes no attempt to be comprehensive.
In January 2002, the Global Movement commissioned AP to profile the work of advocates for child rights in India. AP asked Anaga Dalal, an experienced reporter who worked for On the Record for Children, to take on the assignment. Her reports are reproduced here.
The Movement for Children in India
Educating in Slums: The Workshop as Refuge
Education for Victims: When Prostitutes go to Jail
Girl Child: Meena’s World
Informal work: Working for Their Life
Child Labour: Out of the Factory, Into the School
Sex Exploitation: The Children of Butterfly
Putting Child Rights into Action
Competing with Bollywood
Village Participation: Children Take Control
Child Participation at the International Level Leads to Talk: And Then What?
Protecting Children From War
Lobbying for Children’s Rights
How Indian Kids See Their World