The role of advocacy in ensuring children’s rights

Published on September 1, 2020

 Ensuring Children’s Rights

One of the ways in which CRY operates is advocacy with the government – even now, CRY projects are tirelessly advocating with the government officials for the provision of all necessary safety measures to children and their families.

One story of success is that of Mahfooz, a CRY alliance working on child protection issues in Uttar Pradesh. When 57 children in a Kanpur government shelter tested positive for Coronavirus, the state government ordered the concerned authorities to test all the children in women and children's homes across UP. Mahfooz immediately highlighted the issue at Uttar Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Women & Child Welfare Department as well as the district administration offices of Varanasi and Lucknow. As a result of these advocacy efforts, the Women and Child Welfare department passed a government order ensuring preventive drives for COVID-19 in over 300 homes that house around 5,500 children.

After last year, when Mahfooz’s advocacy with the Directorate of Education resulted in children staying in UP homes to access formal education, this is just another small yet significant win for children. We’re doing everything to ensure children are safe but your help is urgently needed.

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