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NGOs Protecting Children’s Rights

Nov/19/2023 / by Melanie Fourie

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World Children’s Day, celebrated on November 20 each year, emphasizes the importance of children’s welfare and rights against harm, exploitation, and discrimination. The day also commemorates the pivotal role children play in shaping the future. It is also the anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. In South Asia, a region where children face various challenges, these NGOs work tirelessly to protect and celebrate the rights of children.

Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF)

The Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF), founded in 1990, is a significant nationwide network of NGOs committed to advocating child rights. BSAF strives for a child-friendly world, inspired by Bangladesh’s adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It brings together child rights groups to achieve a common goal.

BSAF acts as a catalyst for the convergence of member groups’ ideas and mobilizes resources to advance child rights. It also works with legislative and policy authorities to make beneficial changes in national laws and policies affecting children. Furthermore, its forum provides direction and assistance to member groups, enabling them to successfully campaign for child rights.

CRY India (Child Rights and You)

Child Rights and You was founded in 1979 by Rippan Kapur and strives for the happiness of every child. Despite humble beginnings, CRY now interacts with 102 local NGOs through 19 Indian states, touching the lives of nearly 3 million children.

CRY’s impact stretches beyond India’s borders to the United Kingdom and the U.S. The NGO has received multiple awards since its foundation, honoring its dedication to creating better futures for impoverished children.

Butterflies

Butterflies, founded in 1989 in Delhi, is committed to assisting the most disadvantaged kids, notably those living on the streets. They advocate for a non-institutional, rights-based strategy that focuses on learning and life skills to help kids escape from the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. Butterflies has established novel initiatives in the area and works with government and non-government organizations to get critical assistance for these vulnerable children.

They also sponsored programs for kids in dispute with the law in collaboration with the Delhi government until 2015. Butterflies have achieved worldwide acclaim for their realistic and relevant programs, with the goal of providing youngsters with the information and skills they need to break the intergenerational cycle of suffering. Their work is not limited to the local level. They are active members of national and worldwide networks, fighting for legislation and actions that defend children’s rights.

Child in Need Institute (CINI)

CINI is an Indian NGO to help disadvantaged children across India. The organization has developed crucial collaborations with central and state governments, national and international funders, other NGOs, and the local population over the course of 40 years. Their combined efforts are aimed at empowering poor children and women, as well as improving the availability of medical care, food, schooling, and safety.

CINI’s strategy is built on the principle of learning from the same people they try to help, using insights from both global and national experiences. Their attention extends to underserved rural and urban regions, where they strive to improve their initiatives.

Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA)

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) in India in 1980. The NGO is committed to combating many sorts of child rights abuses, including forced labor and trafficking. Their mission includes preventative measures, legal assistance, rescue efforts, and rehabilitation for victims of human trafficking.

BBA also promotes an accountability structure within law enforcement and child welfare organizations, as well as child-friendly rules and procedures. They have rescued over one hundred thousand children so far, creating an indelible legacy in the field of child safety.

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