A guest post from Susan Varghese -DGM of Global Operations at Child Rights and You (CRY)
Children are always the most vulnerable victims of any crisis, be it economic, political, social or environmental, as they do not live in isolation – they belong to families, communities and society at large.
The reality of India today is that millions of children continue to have their very survival threatened on a daily basis- by malnutrition, illiteracy, child labour, preventable diseases, abuse and exploitation illustrated by statistics like:
- One in every six girl children does not survive to see her 12th birthday due to discrimination and neglect
- 50% of children, aged 6-14 years are not in school
- 2 million Indian babies die before they celebrate their first birthday
- Statistics reveal that India has 16.57 million child labourers.
And it is because of this reality that Child Rights and You (CRY) exists today – to be the voice of children, especially Indian.
CRY – Child Rights and You, India’s leading child rights advocate believes that children are citizens in their own right, the future of their countries and the world, entitled to the full spectrum of human rights. We hence work towards restoring rights to underprivileged children, especially in India. Continue reading