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Time to Sound the Red Siren: UNICEF urges louder voices
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

END Voilence Campaign
The #ENDviolence campaign Initiative seeks to bring together new ideas, new thinking, and new examples of where people can focus their efforts and energies to raise awareness about sexual abuse in India and bring about an end to it.

Policing with a child and gender sensitive approach
Initiated by the Karnataka state police, and supported by UNICEF, this project aims at bringing about an attitudinal change in the police force while dealing with cases of abuse and violence related to women and children, as well as updatetheir knowledge

Brave teenager fights for children’s rights
KURNOOL, India, 12 September 2013 - Savitri has always been the fighter in her family, crying, if necessary, to get her way through. This is how she convinced her parents to enroll her in a school—the only one among seven siblings who managed to do that

Adolescent Girls, Community Elders Join Hands To Create A Child Protective Environment
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

Special: Fighting Child Labour
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

UNICEF India statement on child deaths in Bihar due to mid day meal consumption
NEW DELHI, India, 18 July 2013 - UNICEF expresses deep sorrow at the loss of lives of children in Bihar after consuming their mid day meals. These deaths could had been prevented with strict adherence to protocols for preparing the mid day meal.

Gaurav’s Journey Back to School
More than a year and half back, Gaurav started bunking school to work in the cotton fields. Every morning, Gaurav left for school only to make his way to nearby cotton fields with his friends.

This Sachin Tendulkar is back in School
DHANDHODA, India, 12 June 2013 - For almost two years, Sailesh cherished a simple dream, a dream of playing cricket with his friends in the school lawn. But that wish had to wait.

Deepshikha Gives A New Beginning To Their Lives
I had the chance to meet and talk to girls my age. These girls have lived a life much harder than the one I am used to. It was interesting and to hear the stories and experiences of these girls.

Getting At-Risk Children into School in the Slums of Moradabad
MORADABAD, India. 13 February 2012. From the ages of 8 to 10, Anas spent 10 hours a day, six days a week fanning the furnace fire in a smoke-filled workshop in the Moradabad slum where metals were melted and moulded for use in the metal ware industry.

A Child Bride Campaigns Against Child Marriage
Poverty was the precipitating factor in Nargis’s case. She was married shortly after her father died, the loss plunging the struggling family even deeper into poverty. Nargis’s mother in desperation accepted the marriage proposal.

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NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

Preventing Child Marriage through Economic Independence
MALDA, India, 7 Febrauary 2012 – Aksha Bibi, a village health worker and a member of women’s self help group, knows how a child marriage can disrupt a girl’s life and have harmful consequences to her health and education.

Vocational Training Lifts Adolescents Out Of Poverty
A joint Aide et Action-UNICEF effort to enhance employment opportunities for marginalised youth through skills development and livelihood education is now changing Noorjahan and her family’s lives.

Youths Capture Real Life on Video
Robin was chosen from a group of railway-area kids to join a radio programme in Calcutta supported by UNICEF that puts disadvantaged children behind the microphone for a half-hour show called ‘Children’s Journey’, or Shishu Tirtha in their native Bengali.

Young girls and their Magic Lantern
Laxmi, along with 14 of her fellow classmates from Prerna Girls School, part of the Study Hall Foundation Laxmi, got a chance to create a one minute video on her life which she named ‘Me and My Life’ during the five day workshop she attended

On Stage Against Child Marriage
Anita joined the theatre group a year and a half ago after her parents planned for Anita’s marriage, which she refused.

Community Mobilizes to Stop Child Labour
People’s Education and Development Organisation (PEDO), a local NGO working with UNICEF on a child protection programme to get children out of the fields and into schools, convinced Raju that going back to school would be best for his future.

Meet the youth reporters of Korba, Chattisgarh
From 2 to 3 June, 2011 we are travelling to Korba, Chattisgarh, to meet a group of inspiring young people; the local youth reporters to learn about the issues that they are most passionate about

Sports programme teaches children life skills in hard-to-reach areas
Started in the district of Chandrapur, the programme recruits a girl and boy from more than 500 villages, training them how sport can educate, inform and be used for development, and then sending them back to local schools and communities.

Young Reporters Give Voice to Hopes and Dreams
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

Kolkata Children Map Their Community With Google Earth
Thirteen-year-old Salim Sheikh and his friends are putting their sprawling Kolkata slum on the map – literally. For a year now, they’ve been gathering data about the people, small brick huts, crowded alleys, scattered temples, water pumps and other facts

Children Map Community for Good
Thirteen-year-old Salim Sheikh and his friends are putting their sprawling Kolkata slum on the map – literally. For a year now, they’ve been gathering data about the people, small brick huts, crowded alleys, scattered temples, water pumps and other facts

Village Self-Help Groups Keeping Children Out of Labour
The women of Dungarpur like to quote an old Indian proverb that says many small ants can vanquish the large snake. Together they are making that proverb a reality by keeping their children out of labour and sending them to school.Dungarpur, India, 10 Apri

Community Reporters Get Their Voice Heard
Kasiram’s long cherished dream came true on 3 September 2010 , when he was selected as community reporter for Lalit Lokvani, a community radio station at Alapur, Birdha block in Uttar Pradesh

Getting Children Out Of Cotton Fields and Into School
An estimated 414,000 children, mainly girls, are working in India’s cotton industry. A IKEA’s Social Initiative program in partnership with UNICEF and government of India is helping thousands of such children in Raichur district in Karnataka.

All Children in School and Out of Labour
The World Day Against Child Labour comes at a critical juncture in the global campaign against child labour and the goal of ending its worst forms by 2016. As millions of people around the world get ready for action of football World Cup in South Africa

Defying the Pressure to Marry Young in India
Even though it’s illegal, child marriage is common in rural areas of India such as Rajasthan, where the social and economic pressures to defy the law are immense. More than fifty per cent of girls are married by age 18.

Launch of Children’s Movement Against Child Marriage 2010
Fifteen-year-old Anwara Khatun is among them exuding a quiet defiance. She is among the more than 200 children who have gathered together from across West Bengal to draw up an action plan against child marriage for parents, teachers and the community.

Storybooks to help marginalised children bridge language barriers
Attractively illustrated and written in simple Assamese, the storybooks embody the flavour and culture of tea communities and have been specially designed, keeping in mind the language needs of first-time school goers in tea garden areas.

Ministry of Women and Child Development accelerates efforts to prevent child marriage
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

Child Protection In India
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

Bihar launches an Action Plan for Child Protection
PATNA, India, November 4, 2009 – To eradicate child labour and ensure rehabilitation of rescued children, the Bihar State Government has released a ’State Plan of Action for Child Protection, Rescue and Rehabilitation’.

Former Child Labourer Says No to Child Marriage
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

Girl Power: Tea Garden Adolescent Clubs Grow Female Leaders
Sulekha is a leader of the plantation’s 56-member Adolescent Girls’ Club, which she says has given her a new found confidence.

CRC@20 - Right to Protection
Child protection is an issue in every country and a high priority for UNICEF. Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international treaties, all children have the right to be protected from harm.

Is Corporal Punishment Really Needed?
Child radio reporters on a panel discussion on ‘Shishu Tirtho’ programme voiced their concerns on corporal punishment and sought alternatives from teachers to the practice of corporal punishment.

Important Documents Related to Corporal Punishment
These downloadable reports give you an overview to legal, ethical and social issues related to Corporal Punishment in India

All You Want to Know About Corporal Punishment
Why should it matter to us. Why is challenging Corporal Punishment very important. This report answers all your queries related to Corporal Punishment in India.

Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools of Assam
Assam announces its intention of banning corporal punishment in all its schools.

Media Voices that Highlighted Issue of Corporal Punishment
This downloadable report compiles a cross-section of effective media stories angles which highlight the issue of corporal punishment with sensitivity and from a child-rights perspective.

Why is challenging all corporal punishment so important?
We need to think of challenging corporal punishment not just as a child protection issue, although it is sadly true that corporal punishment kills and maims countless thousands of children.

The Right to Protection and Dignity – End Corporal Punishment
Enactment of the new legislation will be the first step towards the prohibition of corporal punishment in schools and other educational institutions.

World Day Against Child Labour Marks the Need to Give Girls a chance -End Child Labour
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

Joint Statement by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, ILO and UNICEF
India continues to have the world’s largest number of child labourers with many trafficked into labour.

International Day Against Child labour 2009 — Child Rights
One man’s conviction and his community’s support is helping children go to school instead of work in rural India

International Day Against Child labour 2009 — Child Rights
Bridge school centres and girls collectives are reshaping the future of a generation in rural Andhra Pradesh

Street Smart to Life Smart: Adolescents in Guwahati learn to cope with life’s challenges
Practise first and then ask others to follow. This seems to be the mantra which is moving hundreds of under-privileged adolescents in Guwahati, to usher a change in their life and that of their peers and community.

UN partnership with Andhra Legislative Assembly triggers quick action
The support of political leadership to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is a must, but how to make it happen is a question high on everyone's agenda. Andhra Pradesh (AP) – a state in southern India - is showing the way.

Deepashikha programme attempts to break the cycle of oppression
Mukta has survived a double blow of child marriage and desertion at such a tender age. Living at present with her parents, Mukta is perhaps the living testimony of a disturbing reality that prevails in many rural areas of India. Two out of every ten girls

Saluting two faces of women’s empowerment
Thirty three years old Manjuma Iqbal and 65 year old Duiji Amma are women of courage, grit and determination. Not one to be daunted by circumstances these two women from Uttar Pradesh have faced danger and challenge bravely to come out trumps.

A Special experience for children of Dornapal transit camp
The Born Free team, comprising teenagers who have themselves faced a tough childhood, introduced these children to sculpture, photography, music and dance.

UNICEF- IKEA partnership: restoring lost childhoods in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

Restoring childhoods to child labourers in Tamil Nadu
These young hands should have held pencils. Instead they mixed chemicals in matchbox factories, handled worms in silk farms, or learnt to juggle several glasses together while serving customers in tea shops.

In Orissa children report on children's issues
Child participation story from Orissa

Child Labour Elimination - Karnataka
UNICEF and four community based NGOs collaborate with the Department of Labour in Karnataka to eliminate child labour in the local silk industry

Trafficking - Andhra Pradesh
UNICEF in collaboration with the district administration and a local NGO has set up a database of trafficking routes, traffickers, and trafficked minors and women in order to help make effective interventions

 

 
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