What is Child Rights?
At CRY America, we focus on the 4 basic rights of children. In 1992, India ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Charter of Child Rights (CRC) is built on the principle that "ALL children are born with fundamental freedoms and ALL human beings have inherent rights". The UN Charter sets international standards for the rights of children and confers the following basic rights to children across the world:
* the right to survival - to life, health, nutrition, name and nationality
* the right to development - to education, care, leisure, recreation
* the right to protection - from exploitation, abuse, neglect
* the right to participation - to expression, information, thought and religion
Why are child rights important?
Every child is entitled to a meaningful childhood. But for many children, the reality of childhood is altogether different. 2 million Indian babies die before they celebrate their first birthday. More girl children are killed at birth. At least 35 million children aged 6 - 14 years do not attend school. 17 million children in India work.
Right through history, children have been abused and exploited. They suffer from hunger and homelessness; work in harmful conditions, high infant mortality, deficient health care and poor quality education. Child Rights are fundamental freedoms and the inherent rights of all human beings below the age of 18. These rights apply to every child, irrespective of the child's race, color, gender, caste, class or religion. Girls should be given the same opportunities as boys. Childhood can and must be preserved. ALL children have the right to survive, develop, be protected and participate in decisions that impact their lives.
At CRY America, we believe that children are citizens in their own right, entitled to the full spectrum of human rights. Children will attain these rights guaranteed to them if each one of us believes this should be so and exercises all the power at our command - as parents, neighbors, consumers, employees, business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, professionals, bureaucrats, activists and most importantly as citizens - to make children's rights a priority and reality.
CRY America's role is to amplify the voice of India's children to reach large numbers of people and enlist their support for this cause. By partnering NGO's at grassroots levels and mobilizing individuals like - we address the root causes that leads to the violation of child rights and have proven that sustainable change is possible.
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