New Country Programme to advance the rights of children, adolescents and women in India
NEW DELHI, India, 21 January 2012 - The 2013-2017 Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) between the Government of India and UNICEF has been signed today by the Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Prem Narain, and UNICEF Representative in India, Louis-Georges Arsenault.
The overall goal of the programme is to advance the rights of children, adolescents and women to survival, growth, development, participation and protection by reducing inequities based on caste, ethnicity, gender, poverty, region or religion.
The empowerment and participation of adolescent girls and boys is one of the key outcomes of the programme. “Through this, adolescents will know their rights and how to protect themselves from risks and vulnerabilities, and duty bearers will have capacity and knowledge to create protective environment free from gender-based violence”, explains Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Representative in India.
The life cycle approach is the core principle of the CPAP. It is based on the acknowledgement that children and women face multiple deprivations at different stages of their lives and that multi-dimensional problems need multi-pronged, inter-sectoral solutions.
“Take the example of a woman in India. Our vision for India is one where every woman is empowered to make positive decisions for themselves and their children. Healthy, well-informed mothers give birth to healthy well-nourished children, children who have the potential to grow and develop to their fullest potential,” states Mr. Arsenault.
The CPAP, which is a culmination of months of joint efforts and consultations between UNICEF and government counterparts across several ministries and departments, aims to be relevant to the rapidly changing context in India, while highlighting the added value UNICEF can bring.
The CPAP is aligned to national priorities as enshrined in the Government’s 12th Five Year Plan Approach Paper on “Faster, Sustainable and More Inclusive Growth”, and is convergent in its approach, so that all programmes work together to achieve outcomes for children and women. This document also aims to be effective and equitable by taking informed decisions so as to reach the most marginalized and the vulnerable.