Bangalore: Who said it is only India’s famous personalities who get a chance to voice out their opinions? Maharashtra’s 16 year old girls from the countryside are all set to present their thoughts on the world stage, reports The Times of India. They will address the issue of child rights in India based on a report prepared by children.
The two NGO networks of India- Campaign Against Child Labour and Campaign Against Child Trafficking have encouraged child volunteers across the country to research for this report, programme coordinator of NGO Terre des Hommes Kishore Jha said.
The presentation by Gujarat’s Afshana Noyada will be in Hindi, while Munnavali will give her speech in Kannada as she belongs to Karnataka's Dharwad.
"I will say what the good things in India are for children as highlighted in the Government of India's report. I will also try to point out what rights children don't have," Noyada said.
India sanctioned the convention in 1992 which gives the details based on political, economic, social and cultural rights of children to shield them from abuse and neglect.As a participant, it is necessary to provide the UNCRC with regular reports. Apart from the official reports, the civil society too can submit their reports, which is later examined by the committee.
Noyada, who belongs to an agricultural family in a village, said that Dalit children in Kutch area were deprived of attending school.
"The government says the Integrated Child Development Services programme is working but it is not. Also, not all girls from the area attend schools," Noyada told TOI. Noyada believes she can become an inspiring school teacher in future.
On the other hand, Munnavali said that child labour is raging in some areas of Mysore where she conducted the survey. "When big leaders conduct mass marriages in north Karnataka, many girl children are also married off," she said. The 16 year old lass said that she dreams of becoming a lawyer.
According to the duo, their presentations before the UNCRC panel will have a deep impact. "We need improvements and changes will happen," said a hopeful Noyada.